The Spain manager believes ‘Italy are one of the best teams in the world’ and their tactical approach is ‘similar’ to La Roja.
will lock horns in the semi-final of the Nations League, while France and Belgium are the other semi-finalists.
will return to Peninsula after managingRoma
for one season.
It is an immense pleasure to be back here, as I love Italy for the weather, the foot, the Italian language and of course also the football,”
said Luis Enrique in his press conference.
Spanish pundits and coaches used to believe Italian way of playing were too defensive, but they are more similar now under
“We are similar teams, both try to take the initiative and attack. Italy deservedly won against England and no doubt will try to maintain their unbeaten run. Any side that reaches 37 games without losing is doing a lot right. At this moment, Italy are one of the best teams in Europe and the world.
“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but we will try to keep the ball more than them and be more determined.”
The tactician was quizzed what he fears in their clash against Italy in the semi-final, having already encountered in the Euro 2020 in July.
“Fear is an ugly word, coaches and players do not fear anything. Italy know how to play out from the back and attack in different ways, so we must try to play our game, think how we can face them in those various moments.
“I think Mancini is very intelligent, he chose players most suited to his style of football. He won more or less with every team he coached, so that shows how good he is.”
Three Serie A players, Fabian Ruiz of Napoli, Brahim Diaz at Milan and Lazio’s Luis Alberto, have not been called up by Luis Enrique for Spain.
“All three are doing very well. Fabian has been on international duty many times. It’s not right for me to talk about individual players who aren’t here, as my job is to find players suited to my style of football.
“All three of them could return to international duty, but I have to make decisions.”
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