Luis Enrique reveals why he adopted False 9 against Italy

July 7th, 2021 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Spain coach Luis Enrique confirms he used a False 9 after seeing how Italy ‘dealt with’ Romelu Lukaku so comfortably, and is cheering on the Azzurri in the UEFA EURO 2020 Final.

It was 1-1 after 90 minutes with Alvaro Morata coming off the bench to cancel out a Federico Chiesa opener, then the Nazionale won a penalty shoot-out.

He told RAI Sport: “Happy for what I saw, the level was incredible between two quality teams who tried to play good football. I think it was a spectacle for afficionados of the sport.

“I congratulate Italy and hope they can put in another fine performance in the Final, trying to win the trophy.

“I have no regrets. Everyone has to do his job and do all that he can. Italy started with extraordinary intensity, so did we, it was like two sportscars racing each other, head-to-head, and some of the best football we’ve seen in the Euros.”

Luis Enrique seemed to completely stump Roberto Mancini by using a False 9, leaving both Alvaro Morata and Gerard Moreno on the bench.

“I saw Chiellini and Bonucci deal with Lukaku and thought maybe it’s better to take away a reference point, add another body in midfield. It was a good plan, we overcame the Italy press and played really well.

“It won’t be good for the English, but yes, I will cheer on Italy in the Final.”

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