‘I saw Italy defenders deal with Lukaku’- Enrique on False 9 decision

Wed 07 July 2021 | 5:29

Spain manager Luis Enrique has revealed why he used a False 9 in their semi-final clash with Italy and says he will support Italy in the final game.



Federico Chiesa

had given Italy the lead in the 60th minute of the match, then

Alvaro Morata

came off the bench to score the equalizer for Spain and took the game into extra time.

Spain were likely to find a winner in the remaining minutes and in extra time but they failed in the penalty shootout.

In the post-match press conference, Enrique congratulated Italy while he was satisfied with his side’s performance.

“Happy for what I saw, the level was incredible between two quality teams who tried to play good football. I think it was a spectacle for afficionados of the sport,”

Luis Enrique told RAI Sport


“I congratulate Italy and hope they can put in another fine performance in the Final, trying to win the trophy.

“I have no regrets. Everyone has to do his job and do all that he can. Italy started with extraordinary intensity, so did we, it was like two sportscars racing each other, head-to-head, and some of the best football we’ve seen in the Euros.”

The former


head coach had shocked everyone by using

Man City


Ferran Torres

as a False 9 and leaving

Alvaro Morata


Gerard Moreno

on the bench.

After the match, he revealed he was inspired by how Italy defenders

Giorgio Chiellini


Leonardo Bonucci


Romelu Lukaku

during their 2-1 victory over Belgium in the quarter-final.

“I saw Chiellini and Bonucci deal with Lukaku and thought maybe it’s better to take away a reference point, add another body in midfield. It was a good plan, we overcame the Italy press and played really well.”

Who will Enrique be supporting on Sunday when Italy face either England or Denmark?

“It won’t be good for the English, but yes, I will cheer on Italy in the Final.”

source: SportMob

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