Luis Enrique faces his second exam as Spanish coach in the duel that will measure Spain Y Germany in La Cartuja. The first one suspended it, not with a very bad mark, but it did not reach five. It was in the previous League of Nations, where the national team was unable to get three points, which it needed to secure first place, when there were still six to be played to be in the final phase of the tournament. And on that occasion the process is similar to this. Set zero to one Croatia who came from being runner-up in the world, victory at Wembley against England and blackout. The team’s lights went out.
A defeat against England at Benito Villamarín in a match where the British went to rest 0-3, although the duel ended 2-3, and another hit against Croatia in Zagreb they left the national team depending on a draw on the last day between their two rivals that never came. Now, the situation is repeated, with a great difference, this time Spain does depend on itself. Winning will be in the final phase of the League of Nations without having to wait for anything else.
Looking at the Euro
However, the road is similar. A meritorious draw against Germany in Stuttgart, a brilliant victory against Ukraine, a doubtful victory against Switzerland in Madrid and again the disaster. Defeat against the Ukrainians in Kiev and draw against the Swiss in Basel. Two results that have led to the Spain of Luis Enrique to lose the leadership. Therefore, the duel against the Germans is the second exam of the technician. If the national team wins, the team and the coach will be strengthened, but as the three points are not added, doubts will grow with the Eurocup in the background. That will be the coach’s great test.
The two editions of the League of Nations can be considered as partial. The objective was to play the final phase, but if it was not achieved or achieved it will not be dramatic, it will be different if in the Eurocup that will be held next summer Spain and Luis Enrique do not give the level. In a first-class event, the team is expected to compete again, something it has not done since the Confederations Cup in Brazil in 2013.
For all this, Luis Enrique against Germany in La Cartuja will have an exam that if he passes give you peace of mind and confidence in your idea for the real big date, which will start, if the coronavirus wants, on June 14, 2021 in San Mamés against Sweden.