Luis Enrique regrets Spain’s lack of finesse after a draw with Greece at the opening of the World Cup qualifier

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Shocked Luis Enrique laments Spain’s lack of finesse up front after an ‘uninspired’ draw with Greece at the opening of the World Cup qualifier … and reveals why he hooked skipper Sergio Ramos at half time.

  • Spain was surprisingly even at home against Greece on Thursday evening
  • Luis Enrique admitted that he “didn’t expect” to drop points in the opening qualifier
  • The Spanish boss complained that his side failed to bring down the defense of Greece
  • He also revealed why he decided to hook captain Sergio Ramos during the break

A shocked Luis Enrique admitted that his Spanish side lacked ‘finesse’ in the final third after being held against Greece at home against a frustrating draw in their first World Cup qualifier.

Enrique’s men got off to a good start when Alvaro Morata’s brilliant attack opened the scoring shortly after half an hour, but a second half penalty from Anastasios Bakasetas reversed it and gave Greece a precious point.

Spain dominated much of the proceedings and Enrique admitted afterwards that he did not expect to drop points against Greece, before making fun of his team for their failure to take advantage of obvious opportunities.

Luis Enrique was furious with his Spanish side after they fell into a home draw against Greece

Luis Enrique was furious with his Spanish side after they fell into a home draw against Greece

Greece secured a precious point after Anastasios Bakasetas' penalty kick in the second half

Greece secured a precious point after Anastasios Bakasetas' penalty kick in the second half

Greece secured a precious point after Anastasios Bakasetas’ penalty kick in the second half

“Against a retreating rival like Greece, who has a strong physical level and defensive precision, we have no finesse,” said the Spanish boss.

‘With so little space [against that defence] we were uninspiring. Obviously it is a result that I did not expect.

‘We haven’t generated the flow of opportunities to score more goals. My job is to try to help the players.

‘You have to try to solve the matches against all rivals. Greece has come to play their game.

Alvaro Morata had opened the scoring, but Spain failed to create any more clear-cut chances

Alvaro Morata had opened the scoring, but Spain failed to create any more clear-cut chances

Alvaro Morata had opened the scoring, but Spain failed to create any more clear-cut chances

Enrique was not satisfied with their performance in the final third and said he did not 'expect' this result

Enrique was not satisfied with their performance in the final third and said he did not 'expect' this result

Enrique was not satisfied with their performance in the final third and said he did not ‘expect’ this result

“Every game has its complications and today Greece defended itself very well.”

Enrique’s decision to hook Sergio Ramos at half time raised some eyebrows, despite the Real Madrid star’s recent troubles with his fitness.

However, the 50-year-old has now revealed why he took his captain away so early.

“He was perfectly fit to play,” Enrique added. ‘But we had already talked and decided that he would only play the first part [of the match]

Enrique wants an improved performance from his Spanish side as they face Georgia in their second qualifying match on Sunday and Kosovo next Wednesday.

The Spanish boss also revealed why he decided to take out Sergio Ramos after just 45 minutes

The Spanish boss also revealed why he decided to take out Sergio Ramos after just 45 minutes

The Spanish boss also revealed why he decided to take out Sergio Ramos after just 45 minutes

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