Spain fell to a 3-2 defeat to England on Monday evening and coach Luis Enrique took the unusual approach of praising his own actions at half time after the game, despite La Roja not quite managing to complete a comeback.
Despite the defeat, Luis Enrique, much like Sergio Ramos, was keen to focus on the positives to emerge from the performance as La Roja came close to completing a comeback after falling three goals behind before the interval.
“The first half was very bad and we have to accept that,” Luis Enrique said after the game.
“We showed up late and didn’t deal with the pressure and their first goal killed us.
“We made a lot of individual mistakes.
“It’s wrong for me to say it, but I was wonderful at the break, as it would have normal for me to kill the players.
“I didn’t change anything and I told them that all great teams suffer.
“I understand that this team, with their attitude, didn’t need a kick or criticism or three changes.”I needed to reinforce things, some nuanced changes at a tactical level and put them into a positive dynamic.
“There are times when you have to kick the table and sh** on everything and others when you don’t do that.
“Reflecting on the group as a whole, he remained positive given that La Roja’s fate is still in their own hands.
“Playing in a group against two World Cup semi-finalists is not easy, but we are still dependant on our own result against Croatia,
” he pointed out.”We have to go there to win.”That match in Zagreb takes place on November 15.