Spain manager Luis Enrique furious with ‘appalling’ performance in 3-2 defeat by England

Spain did rally in the second half and probably had the chances to maybe even win the game, but the coach admitted his side made too many errors

Miguel Delaney
Monday 15 October 2018 22:29
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Press conference with Spain manager Luis Enrique following their 3-2 Nations League defeat to England in Seville

Spanish manager Luis Enrique said it would have been normal to "kill" his players at half-time, after what he admitted was an "appalling" first half as his side went 3-0 down to a brilliant England in an eventual 3-2 defeat.

Spain did rally in the second half and probably had the chances to maybe even win the game, but the coach admitted his side made too many errors.

"The first half, atrocious, it has to be recognised. We arrived late pressing, the first goal killed us. And we made so many individual errors,” he said.

“With 2-0, sitting back and coming out on the break, they are dangerous. A group with two World Cup semi-finalists is not easy. Now we continue to depend on ourselves, we have to go to Croatia and win [to win the group].”

Of his response at half-time, Luis Enrique said: "It's bad to say it, but it was a miracle in the break. The normal thing would have been to kill the players, but I reinforced them, and didn't change any of them.

“I said great teams have suffered. We forced the opposition back, and it's a shame we didn't score earlier because we would have done the 3-3 and the comeback in the Villamarin.”

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