Switzerland vs Spain Face off in Basel
Luis Enrique has spoken highly of Switzerland ahead of their game against Spain in the Nations League on Saturday at 20:45 CET at St. Jakob-Park in Basel.
The La Roja coach insisted that despite the Swiss sitting bottom of the League A Group 4 table, they have a very strong team and are particularly dangerous when they attack.
“Switzerland are a team that attacks,” Luis Enrique told the press. “I expect a team very similar to the one we saw in Madrid.
“As a group, they are one of the best teams in Europe. One of the teams who have worked a lot. I see what they do on the field and they don’t have a weakness. It cost us a lot to beat them.
“They are fourth in the group, but they can still be first. If you look at the results, you can make the assessment that they don’t win, but I look at other things and I see one of the teams that have worked a lot.”
There’s been a lot of talk about the player who will occupy the striker position for Spain and Luis Enrique has made it clear that he is open to experimenting.
“[My striker choice] depends on form, the opponent, the footballing idea,” Luis Enrique added. “It depends on what we have.
“I won’t pin myself off to anything. I won’t pin myself to a fixed nine or a false nine.”
Spain have dropped to the sixth position in the FIFA world ranking behind Belgium, France, Brazil, England and Portugal but Luis Enrique is confident that his team will manage to return back to the top.
“I told the players that we have to climb up [the ranking],” Luis Enrique declared. “But what we want is to fight for titles.
“Accumulating good results means you arrive with more confidence. They are going to value us for what we do in the big competitions.”