Luis Enrique, the coach for the Spanish national football team that is all set to play in the upcoming FIFA World cup 2022 in Qatar, and the former FC Barcelona coach has said that if his own team fails to lift the Cup in Qatar, he would only want to see either Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez triumphant and be crowned as leaders to the winning teams, either Argentina or Uruguay, respectively.
It comes as no shocker to be hearing Enrique utter those words. He has had his own biased stance in favor of the two star players, Messi and Suarez, owing to the realization that he had coached them both from 2014 to 2017 in their glorious and victorious run under FC Barcelona. That said, it’s a no-brainer that he has his favorites, whom he wants to retire with a World Cup win in their pocket.
Luis Enrique makes bold prediction ahead of World Cup 2022
“If we don’t win it, I would like Argentina. It would be very unfair for a player of Messi’s stature to retire without a World Cup. Also, Uruguay for Luis Suarez,” said Luis Enrique in his Twitch streaming debut, which showed all the outpouring of support he has for the players he coached.
The 52-year-old Spanish coach is coaching an inexperienced base of players this World Cup, with the likes of experienced stars like Sergio Ramos out of the Spanish squad. Despite all that, he has said with a tinge of overconfidence that he trusts his team to have a successful run in the tournament and that they aren’t “afraid” of anyone. The Spanish team is grouped with Germany, Costa Rica, and Japan in Group E.
“I’m not worried about youth. Football has evolved, the young players have a lot of enthusiasm, the veteran players lead the group, and the young players let themselves be led,” said Enrique.
He went a mile ahead, boasting, adding, “Our aim is to finish top of the group. We already know who we would face in the last 16 and we would play someone from Brazil’s group in the semi-finals, but who said we were afraid?”
The Spanish national team is to kick off their opening into the global showpiece in Qatar this Wednesday against Costa Rica.