Soccer News: Luis Enrique insists Spaniards won’t relax against Germany: ‘It’s not in our DNA’

    Luis Enrique isn’t concerned that Spain could be complacent when they face Germany after kicking off their World Cup campaign with a 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica.

    Spain dominated from start to finish, recording their biggest World Cup win in history at Al Thumama Stadium on Wednesday.

    Costa Rica failed to record a single shot, and this is only the second time that a team has not scored a single shot in a World Cup game since 1966.

    The demolition of La Roja came hours after Group E rivals Germany were defeated 2–1 by Japan.

    Spain will face Hansi Flick’s side at the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday in a game that will go a long way in determining who advances to the play-offs.

    After the win over Costa Rica, Luis Enrique was told his team could suffer from overconfidence, but the coach insists it’s not a concern.

    “We have to understand that the head is important for everything,” he said when asked specifically about managing the team’s mentality.

    “We worked with a psychologist for a long time, because of this, at first we were considered aliens.

    “I know these players, they are competitive, they will not relax before the next game. Similarly, we will play against Germany. If they beat us, then we have to say that they are better than us, that’s all.

    “I have no doubt that we will be as competitive or even more competitive because Germany is an amazing team and that will really inspire us.

    “Yes, euphoria can be negative and speculative, but it’s not in our DNA. [to be impacted by that]we live with such intensity.

    “There may be changes, but I trust all the players. If there are changes, it won’t be because we think we’ve already qualified.”

    The mood of the coach from Costa Rica, Luis Fernando Suarez, was completely different.

    Unsurprisingly, it was Los Ticos’ biggest ever World Cup defeat, and Suarez didn’t sugar coat his feelings about what, by football standards, was a disastrous day.

    “I am very sad. It’s not just that, I had very different expectations from this game, and my feelings were completely different before the game, now I’m not okay, ”he said.

    “I need to work with this result and be very confident with the players on how to lift the spirits.

    “I am very worried that my team will not cope with such a terrible result. We must leave this behind and start working with [Thursday] in the morning to show the players – they already know this – that we have to remember Japan and try to win this match.”

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