Spain coach Luis Enrique admits Italy are one of the best teams in the world and have a similar tactical approach to La Roja.
The Spanish national team will face European champions Italy in the UEFA Nations League semifinal match on Thursday (7/10) WIB at the San Siro, with this will be their first meeting after Euro 2020.
At the European Championships last summer, La Roja drew 1-1 against Gli Azzurri for 120 minutes of the game before being beaten on penalties, and Roberto Mancini’s men then continued their journey to the title.
While this other match against Italy will be held at the San Siro, Milan, Spain manager Luis Enrique will have a bit of nostalgia in this Pizza country as he spent one season coaching AS Roma.
“It’s a great pleasure to be back here, because I love Italy for the weather, the food, the Italian language and of course also football,” Luis Enrique told his press conference.
In the past, many looked down on Italy’s way of playing as too defensive, but they have now played with a different approach that prioritizes goal-oriented possession under Roberto Mancini.
Luis Enrique added, “We are a similar team, both trying to take the initiative and attack. Italy deservedly won against England and will no doubt be trying to maintain their unbeaten run. Any team that goes 37 games without losing means they’ve done a lot of things right. At the moment, Italy is one of the best teams in Europe and the world.”