The Spanish coach Luis Enrique was Saturday after the 2-1-victory against Norway in the european CHAMPIONSHIPS-qualification very high praise on matchwinner Sergio Ramos. The captain showed itself very pleased with the way that ‘La Roja’ under the former trainer of FC Barcelona, is a musician.
Spain had it at the start of his kwalificatiecampagne for the european CHAMPIONSHIPS next year, not easy with the tough Norwegians. The home team came in Estadio Mestalla, however, quickly lead through Valencia attacker Rodrigo, but after more than an hour made by Joshua King from a penalty kick.
Twenty minutes before time, decided to Ramos for the match with a panenka touch to target from eleven yards. The 32-year-old defender of Real Madrid, who in 162 ‘caps’, signed for his eighteenth hit for Spain. He scored for the fifth international in a row.
“Sergio Ramos has again done very well for us,” said Luis Enrique after the match against the Spanish TVE. “He is a unique player in the history of football. I knew that a player with his personality, a good penalty would take.”
The 48-year-old coach, who after the world cup last year in Russia was appointed to Spain, despite the narrow victory, satisfied with the performance of his team. “We had perhaps deserved to be 5-1 or 6-1 to win, but Norway defended well. We were perhaps not very efficient, but I also get a lot of positive points from this duel.”
Sergio Ramos celebrates the 1-0 against Norway. (Photo: Pro Shots)
‘Coach has a great philosophy”
Ramos praised after the race in Valencia the influence of Luis Enrique, who between 2014 and 2017 as coach of FC Barcelona of no less than nine awards.
The 62-fold international should Spain go up for help, after the triple European champion at the world cup already in the eighth finals was eliminated by host country Russia.
“We are working with a coach who has a great philosophy about the way he wants to play,” said Ramos against TVE. “We are a new path and what better way to start than by winning of an opponent that the us is very difficult made, even though they barely hit the ball?”
Spain Tuesday in his second european CHAMPIONSHIP qualifier on a visit to Malta that Saturday with a 2-1 won the Faroe islands. Sweden and Romania are the other countries in group F.
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