Enrique warns Spain of Germany hammering if they are not careful
Spain manager, Luis Enrique has sent out a warning to his team, not to be overconfident following the 7-0 win over Costa Rica lest they be hammered by Germany.
Luis Enrique has warned his players of complacency, especially when they are about to face Germany who could “hammer” them if they are not careful.
Spain has previously thrashed Costa Rica 7-0 in their opening World Cup fixture, which set a World Cup record for La Roja. But Germany’s opening match was a different story as Flick’s side lost to Japan 2-1 and now are on the verge of being disqualified for the second World Cup in a row.
and Germany last played each other two years ago when La Roja destroyed Germany 6-0. But even this has not lessened the threat Germany poses to Spain in the eyes of Enrique.
"We tried to manage the [Costa Rica] victory with all normality.
"It was resounding and that gives confidence, but we shouldn't have too much confidence. We face an opponent that will hammer us if we are overconfident.
"It's a great challenge. They've won a World Cup four times. We respect them greatly, they've great players and history is undeniable.
are a very good team, so much mobility. If we can control that, great. Otherwise, I have to think about every single element.
"But we are convinced we can beat Germany. We don't want a crazy open match because if they play a high block, we may take too many risks.
"There are many things we have to find out, but we need to follow our principles, which are very similar to theirs."
Spain star, Dani Olmo who plays in the German Bundesliga echoed Enrique’s sentiments by saying:
"Of course, they're under pressure, they need to win after loss against Japan," he said. "But we know they are one of the best in the world, and you cannot put them down after one game.
"It's a final for them, they need to win to get to next round, but we focus on our journey because we are through if we win.
"Hansi a great coach, he wants to dominate the game, he showed this in Bayern.
"Most of their players play for Bayern, so we know the style, and they know us well, so we have to focus on our game."
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