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Spain, Luis Enrique does not want to stop. “Morocco team in better shape. I won’t change for 10 bad minutes”
“If we play as Spain we can beat Morocco”: word of Luis Enrique. The coach of the red furies is motivated in view of tomorrow’s eighth world final and at the press conference he also finds the time to remove a few pebbles from his shoes towards the criticisms of the press. “My players are all fine. We won’t change the idea of the game – he says – But this doesn’t mean that we have to dominate the 90 minutes, because we play against high-level teams, players and coaches. We don’t play alone. And we play against the Morocco, which is a great team and has great motivation. But I am too and I am convinced that we can get a good result.” Luis Enrique rejects the criticisms and underlines: “If I stick to the performances in this World Cup, we have been remarkable except for 10 minutes out of the 300 played. There will be more and more bad minutes as we advance – he says – We will play as always, we will not change. I’m not worried about the result. I’m worried that the team doesn’t do things well. If we do them well, winning will be a normal thing. I’m convinced we’ll do better than Morocco. The goal is to play seven games.” The Asturian coach then rebuffs some questions, such as the one about a possible change of position on the pitch by Gavi: “Move him further forward? This is surreal. Football is a very complex sport. We know what we have to do, but obviously we have corrected some situations game. What obsessed me is that the players do what we ask them to do. But I take the complete package, with successes and mistakes – he explains – We have done a deep reflection with the players and it shows a great desire to reach the goal It will be an inside-out match, which creates more and more tension, but I’m confident.” “Morocco is one of the most in-form teams in this league – continues Luis Enrique, – and the relationship between the two countries is good. If anyone looks down on Morocco, it is certainly not the Spanish national team. We will play in “A full stadium will be a football celebration. There are many Moroccans, with whom we get along very well. We will have 5,000 Spaniards who will make themselves heard. There are all the ingredients for having fun. We want to achieve our goal.”
Africa supports Morocco “ready to surprise”. Coach Regragui, “against Spain it’s the fourth final for us”
Enthusiasm and hope for Morocco, the only African team still in contention for the World Cup, which will face Spain in the round of 16. Facing two countries divided by a thin strip of sea, but with completely different palmares and sporting history. “It’s a very difficult match. Spain is one of the best football teams in the world, with big ambitions. I think they are one of the favorites to win the final. We are well prepared. If we can beat Spain, it will be a nice surprise for our country” emphasized the Morocco coach, Walid Regragui, on the eve of the match. However, Sabiri and his companions are already living the fairy tale: the national team finished the group stage as leaders, with seven points, the best score for an African team in the world cup. And now certainly an entire continent, leaving Senegal, gathers around Morocco. Relaxed face and smiles for everyone in the pre-match conference of the Moroccan coach, forty-seven years old born in France and with dual nationality, a past as a defender in the transalpine championship. The sensations are positive, but above all there is great respect for the adversary. “We know Spanish football very well,” Regragui explained. players, it will be the fourth final for us: we will make sure to win it as we did before, with our values, our principles and also our qualities”. The Moroccan coach has no doubts about the attitude with which his team will take the field at the Education City Stadium. “The match in Canada – he observes – was a special match. We wanted first place and this put us under a bit of pressure. Mentally we know that these are matches of the highest level and that we have to stay focused. I liked the second half against Canada. I saw the team run when they were in trouble. Now, are we able to achieve the same mental and athletic performance for 90 minutes? In any case, this is what we will have to do against the Spanish. We work for this and we are ready to do the same kind of performance”.