Luis Enrique aimed to impress Spain’s supporters in Qatar 2022. His squad was eliminated and accused of being “boring.” Spain was eliminated from the World Cup despite having the possession advantage against Morocco on Tuesday. Morocco will face Portugal in the quarterfinals of the World Cup for the first time.
Spaniards won back-to-back European Championships and a World Cup in four years, but that was 10 years ago. Spain has stayed within the round of 16 in any event since 2010. “I Would Go With Those Willing To Take The Penalty Once More.”
Spain Stats at FIFA World Cup 2022
The team had 77% ball possession. It completed 1,019 passes, 926 of which were successful, compared to Morocco’s 304. By the game’s end, they’d only taken six shots, with one hitting the mark. Morocco’s organized defense stymied their passing game.
Spain made 1,058 passes in their group-stage loss to Japan, so their game pattern was set. Their one shot on target is the fewest since 1966. The first country to lose four World Cup penalty shootouts and the second not to score in one.
Luis Enrique’s team practiced 1,000 penalties in training, making the penalty problems worse. Luis Enrique, a 52-year-old former Spain player, won’t have a contract beyond this summer. His late daughter had bone cancer, so he took a leave in 2019. After returning, he led Spain to the Euro 2020 semi-finals, where Italy beat them on penalties.
Luis Aragones and Vicente del Bosque led Spain to world dominance from 2008 to 2012 with their play. Luis Enrique has stuck to a possession-based strategy despite his team’s failure at every major tournament.
Luis Enrique comments on his team’s loss
Spain’s manager said throughout the competition, “Football is a spectacle, not for dull people.” Was he wrong to lose to Japan and Morocco in Qatar?
“Spain is greatest when the opposition team wants the ball, and you can find space,” Balague added. Beautiful. “France, England, and Brazil have more than us to win the World Cup right now.” Spanish For “Catastrophic” Was “Terrible.”
Spanish media called the national team’s penalty shootout loss to Morocco “terrible” and “catastrophic.” El Pais and La Vanguardia ran headlines like “For Spain, possession was not enough” and “Spain will not go on.” Spain’s “great fiasco” ended with “destructive penalties,” El Mundo reported. The newspaper concluded that Spain “has a good team, but that’s not much without success.”