Luis Enrique, the coach of Spain, reacted on Thursday to the problem currently facing his team. La Roja, which has recorded two cases of Covid-19 among its players, is not in the best conditions at the dawn of starting the Euro.
A little wind of panic in Spain. The two cases of Covid-19 detected in La Roja (Sergio Busquets and Diego Llorente) are creating a stir on the other side of the Pyrenees. To anticipate a possible wave of contaminations, fifteen players were recalled urgently, including eleven playing in Hopes. They train in a sanitary bubble isolated from the rest of the selection and are ready to compensate for any last-minute packages.
The question of the vaccination of the national team is also causing a lot of tension in Spain. Players should receive a first dose of Pfizer quickly, followed by a second in early July. Some observers fear that this express vaccination will cause fatigue among Thiago Alcantara’s partners, who are due to start their Euro against Sweden, Monday evening in Seville (9 p.m.).
“It’s a breeze compared to some of the things that I have faced”
The controversy has also shifted to the political field. Luis Enrique and other members of the Spanish federation admitted that they would have liked to have the players vaccinated long before the Euro. A few rare political voices have also criticized the fact that priority is given to footballers in this vaccination campaign. Faced with these tensions, the coach calmed the game this Thursday at a press conference in Las Rozas, the training center of La Roja. First by saying that his players were focused and efficient from the start of the preparation.
Then, and this is the most important, by putting these tensions into perspective. Asked about his management of the controversy, Luis Enrique recalled that he had personally experienced much more serious and dramatic events. “It’s all nothing, it’s child’s play compared to some things that I have faced in life,” he recalled. An obvious reference to the death of his 9-year-old daughter, Xana, from bone cancer in August 2019. A tragedy that had forced Luis Enrique to leave his post of coach for several months.