Can Luis Enrique and Spain rely on players who are not playing?

Can Luis Enrique and Spain rely on players who are not playing?

“In the first half of my time as national coach, it was very imprecise, I don’t remember many technical mistakes by many players.” Spain Coach Luis Enrique admitted after Saturday’s 2-1 loss in the Nations League Switzerland in Zaragoza.

Watching at La Romareda, it was hard to imagine the collapse of the Spanish machine that Luis Enrique has been painstakingly building for four years in 2022-23 as several key players struggle for minutes at their respective clubs.

Saturday’s full defenders Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta They don’t start normally Barcelona Or ChelseaWith the front three spending most of the season on the bench – Marco Asensio (47 minutes for Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (168 minutes for Paris Saint-Germain) and Ferran Torres (228 minutes for Barça). The trio have just two club goals between them in 2022-23.

Luis Enrique said on Friday that he did not think it was an issue of lack of minutes at club level as every player looked sharp and fit in training during the week. “I am guided by what they have done and are doing with the national team rather than what they are doing with their clubs,” he said before the Switzerland match.


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