Luis Enrique defends Ansu Fati after Spain winger struggles in opposition to Switzerland
Spain boss Luis Enrique has defended Ansu Fati after he struggled to influence the 1-0 victory over Switzerland within the Nations League.
The 17-year-old Barcelona winger, who’s his nation’s youngest ever goalscorer, performed 57 minutes in Madrid earlier than being changed by Wolves star Adama Traore.
Fati did not capitalise on two good openings within the match, managing only one shot and creating zero alternatives for team-mates.
He additionally did not muster a cross and misplaced 4 of his seven duels as Switzerland’s 3-5-2 system proved difficult to interrupt down, with Silvan Widmer and Nico Elvedi offering powerful opposition down the Spain left.
“Man-marking is at all times an issue for the forwards, for everybody,” Luis Enrique mentioned on Monday as Spain put together to face Ukraine.
“Our purpose is to create the best variety of benefits for our attackers. After that, every recreation is how it’s.
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“Ansu is 17 years outdated, however he already is aware of what he’s going to search out in matches.
“We have now our mannequin as a result of it is dependent upon the work of the entire workforce. Towards Switzerland, it was a troublesome recreation for everybody due to the robust and excessive urgent from them, however I believe we solved issues properly.”
Spain’s assault was additionally annoyed in a 0-0 draw with Portugal final week, however defensively the 2010 world champions have regarded spectacular.
In a 15-game unbeaten run stretching again to November 2018, La Roja have conceded solely six objectives and saved 9 clear sheets.
Luis Enrique is completely satisfied to see the likes of Pau Torres, Eric Garcia and Diego Llorente carry out properly in a battle for a beginning spot and likewise believes the youthful gamers will help captain Sergio Ramos enhance.
“Pau, Eric and Diego have achieved properly, each contributing of their place and making an attempt to enhance,” he mentioned.
“They’re able to play with somebody who’s a benchmark, like Ramos, and so they really feel they will play with him, assist him and even right him. Leaders additionally know they will be taught new issues.”
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