IIt turns out that what Luis Enrique had said in training camp for a week that his boys would fly was absolutely true. He insisted his plan would work like clockwork. He even convinced Rubiales and Molina to switch kits, he told them that Spain all in red she would win World Championship. It’s time we listened to him.
Spain presented themselves in Qatar like no other team in the world with one of the greatest performances in World Cup history in living memory. Costa Rica couldn’t get near La Roja. Spain had skill, punch and, above all, a greed that makes Spaniards dream of another star on the badge.
Pedri will cause a stir
His image appears on Doha’s main skyscrapers and his name was most chanted when it blared over the stadium’s public address system. He responded with some magic in the first ten minutes of his first World Cup.
We are talking about Pedri, who has fulfilled all the expectations placed in him. A large part of the country still doesn’t take him very seriously, but Spain have a world-class player on their hands. Luis Enrique quickly protected him by picking him up with half an hour to go. Greater things are yet to come.
Keylor isn’t what he used to be
There’s a reason why Keylor Navas hasn’t played a single minute at PSG this season. The goalkeeper is no longer suspended for major events and the game against Spain. Spain scored seven goals from seven shots on goal and he was at fault for some of them. That says it all for a goalkeeper who has been outstanding over the years.
Balde is lightning
He’s been with the national team for four days and played like he’d played 50 games. Alejandro Balde’s presence at the World Cup is one of those that causes excitement. He was like a motorbike on the left when he came on for the also great Jordi Alba.
What an idea, Aitor!
It was Aitor Unzuu, one of Luis Enrique’s assistants, who had the idea of using Rodri as a central defender last September, a brilliant idea that has given La Roja a bonus in defence. Rodri improves Spain with their ability to play from behind and also improves the team’s header power.
Asensio is back
Another stroke of genius from Luis Enrique: the return of Asensio. From the fact that he was almost sidelined at Real Madrid and dropped from Spain’s plans, to Spain’s No. 10 at the World Cup. It was Luis Enrique who saved him and made him a better player in two months. Marco is once again full of confidence. He scored a great goal and could have scored two more.