Luis Enrique was announced His list today, Friday, for the next international stopAnd the most prominent new name was Marcos Llorente, the Atletico Madrid midfielder, next to the return of Juventus striker Morata after a period of separation.
“Marcos Llorente is a very complete player,” Luis Enrique said at the press conference. “When I meet him I will ask him which position he feels most comfortable in.”
He added, “He is a versatile player, he advanced from midfield and started playing in attack.”
He continued: “He has technical and physical capabilities, I think he is able to contribute with us, and I am looking forward to joining us to see if he will surprise me.”
And he turned to talking about Alvaro Morata: “I included Morata because we follow the development of all players, and since he returned to Juventus, we see a different player on the defensive and offensive levels.”
“Morata now has more confidence and is doing better. It is clear that he has improved since his return to Italy.”
He also commented on the inclusion of Athletic Bilbao defender Enigo Martinez: “Playing with a left-back center helps more in getting the ball out, but otherwise we try to call the best players. If one day I see that the best 4 central defenders are playing with their right foot, I will call them all.”
One of the names that was expected to be included is Pedri, the young Barcelona player, but in the end he joined the list of the youth team and not the first team.
Luis Enrique commented: “The list of Luis de la Fuente (youth coach) is my list as well, and for this I consider that Pedri is in the group. I always follow the youth team and it is clear that any of them will be open doors for him to play in the first team.
He also praised Barcelona winger Ansu Fati: “Ansu Fati never ceases to amaze me because of his maturity on the field. He is good at playing with his team-mates, exploiting spaces, scoring goals, and helping defensively.”
He added, “The only thing he has to be careful about is his development. He has to be calm and not under great pressure. But in general, what he offers on the field I like a lot.”
Another player who returns to Spain after a period of absence, is Kouki: “I always liked Kouki, I have a great desire to return to work with him, although I will ask him in the national team to do different duties than he does in his team, but he is a player that has always caught my eye and is going through a good period.”
Luis Enrique recalled what happened in the last edition of the European Nations League: “In the first edition we deserved to be in the Golden Square, but England was more accurate in the end. Now we are going through a similar situation, because we were at the top throughout most of the group stages. But it will not be easy. ”
“There are no excuses, we are facing the same conditions our competitors are facing and we are trying to be the best. Our doors are open for any player with the level to join us. I am sure that the Euro 2020 list will be different, because there are injuries and suspensions. I don’t care who the players come from, and when They come here. I tell them that they are now in their new team that consists of the best players in the country. ”
Spain will play friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on November 11th, before visiting Switzerland and hosting Germany in the European Nations League.