Spain lost to Sweden 2-1 and left the lead of Group B of the European qualifiers. At the press conference after the match, coach Luis Enrique showed pessimism about the team’s classification for the 2022 World Cup.
— We are by a thread. It’s hard to be optimistic right now. We depend on Sweden not winning the remaining games. We’ll see, but we have to wait for a mistake by the leader of the group and we won’t fail anymore. I’m worried because the classification does not depend only on us – said the coach on Thursday.
We met by a thread with this defeat. Right now who is in first is Sweden”.
— Luis Enrique, in a post-game interview with TVE channel
Luis Enrique gives an interview after Spain lost to Sweden in the European qualifiers — Photo: AFP
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Sweden lead Group B with nine points, two more than Spain. However, Luis Enrique’s team has one more game. The first placed in the bracket guarantees a direct spot in the World Cup, and the second must compete in the repechage.
In Luis Enrique’s opinion, Spain didn’t have a bad match against Sweden. He showed ambition, had good positioning and created goal chances. But he lost the ball a lot to the opponent, with a lot of unprotected field in the defense.
“There’s not much more to say. We lost a lot of duels, and this generated more counterattacks than in recent games. Against such strikers there is a price, and we pay as much as possible,” said the coach.