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Luis Enrique believes that France is “the best in the world on an individual level”

Luis Enrique believes that France is “the best in the world on an individual level”

The Spanish coach, Luis Enrique Martínez, considers France “the best individual team in the world,” he said at the press conference prior to the Nations League final on Sunday in San Siro (Milan).

– ‘A total top level’ –

“At an individual level, they are the best team in the world, you just have to look at their eleven, they all play at a total ‘top’ club level. We still have the advantage of being a team, although we can improve and be a better team. Soccer is a wonderful sport that rewards the one who plays the best most of the time. We will try to be better and that the game that interests us takes place ».

– How to play? –

«They have plenty of quality and they have a high-level coach. We are prepared to be pressured high, to lock themselves in or to make a medium retreat, which is what they usually do. Also for them to play 3-5-2 or 4-3-3, whatever comes, always with a lot of respect, but with a crazy desire to play a match like the semifinal (2-1 win against Italy) ».

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“If we are able to get ahead on the scoreboard, defending with the ball could be one of the watchwords. If we have the ball where we want it, it will be far from our goal. If we move it well, we will endanger a spectacular defensive line. When we lose him we have to collectively pressure, be aggressive and prevent his attacking players from relating.

– Stop the trident –

“The potential and quality they have (Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann) is indisputable, they are very good and capable of deciding a game because of their quality, but we are not going to change one iota what has brought us here. I am convinced that we will play a good game and we are going to put France in trouble. It is a very great encouragement. There is no greater motivation for us than to play against the world champion. We want to continue growing.

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– Change of approach by Mbappé –

«In the attack phase it will not affect anything, when we have the ball we do not look at the rival. In the defensive phase, we have as a rule to give instructions to the players, what type of movements the rival tips make and how we counteract them. Now, saying it is easy, executing it is the difficult thing, it is what the players do.

– The moment of the group –

“We come to the final relaxed, we were the least favorite of the four and we want to continue being that difficult team to counter.”

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“All are in perfect condition except Ferran (who will decide in the warm-up if he will play after a blow in the semifinals). The only objective is to develop the work, if the result is not produced through our weapons, it will be a good touchstone to continue improving ».

«Reaching a final and winning it is an experience that we do not know. To regain the air of victory would be a great encouragement and if we can make our loved ones happy, then fantastic ».

«I am always optimistic. We have always stood up, in the semi-final of the Eurocup (penalty shootout against Italy) no one gave us favorites and we managed to impose our weapons, now comes the best team at the individual level ». AFP (HN)

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