Thursday, 2 February, 2023

Enrique set Spain players ‘homework’ of 1,000 penalties

Spain coach Luis Enrique set each of his players the "homework" of practising 1,000 penalties ahead of the World Cup, saying he is convinced they are not a lottery.

The 2010 world champions face Morocco in the last 16 today, with the threat of extra-time and penalties looming in the knockout phase of the tournament in Qatar.

Spain beat Switzerland on penalties at last year's Euro 2020 but were eliminated on spot-kicks by Italy in the semi-finals.

"Over a year ago, in one of the Spain camps, I told them they had to get here with at least 1,000 penalties taken," Enrique said on Monday.

"I imagine that they have done their homework."