Thursday, 2 February, 2023

Germany clash a ‘beautiful challenge’ for Spain: Enrique

Germany clash a ‘beautiful challenge’ for Spain: Enrique
Spain players take part in a training session at Qatar Universty in Doha on Thursday. –AFP PHOTOS

Spain coach Luis Enrique says his team face a "beautiful challenge" against a wounded Germany on Sunday, as La Roja try to clinch qualification from World Cup Group E.

Hansi Flick's side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Japan and are fighting for their lives in the tournament, while Spain dismantled Costa Rica 7-0, a statement victory to ignite their bid to lift a second World Cup.

"Germany are a team that always plays on the attack," Luis Enrique told a press conference on Saturday.

"That they need a result could have an impact, but they always try to keep the ball, press, they're the team that plays most like Spain in the sense they want to control and dominate the game.

"It means that for us it's a beautiful challenge, we have the same objectives, so I think it will be an open game."

Spain thrashed Germany 6-0 in November 2020 in a UEFA Nations League clash, with Ferran Torres scoring a hat-trick.

However Luis Enrique warned that the four-time World Cup winners are a team capable of clawing their way back from adverse positions.

"They are world champions, when you look there are four stars on their shirt," added Luis Enrique.