Luis Enrique jokes that he was ‘on the brink of a HEART ATTACK’ before Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres took a win against Georgia … but the Spanish boss warns players they ‘can’t afford to relax’ for the rest of the qualification.
Spain’s late, late show against Georgia in their second 2022 World Cup qualifier left boss Luis Enrique “ on the verge of a heart attack, ” he has revealed.
Enrique’s side were big favorites against Georgia in Tbilisi and still found it far from easy in the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena.
Manchester City’s Ferran Torres equalized for the hour and it amounted to a stoppage time winner from Dani Olmo – something that nearly knocked Enrique over the edge.
Luis Enrique (right) revealed his Spanish side had him ‘on the brink of a heart attack’ with a late win
Dani Olmo (center) scored 92 minutes for Spain on Sunday evening and beat Georgia 2-1
Enrique, who put Olmo’s winning goal wildly on the sidelines, said TVE: ‘I was about to have a heart attack.
‘We are losing confidence and you saw that in the first half.
We gave in to a minor defensive foul and knew it was going to get complicated from then on. Our intention was to play more passes and create more opportunities. ‘
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia gave the home team a shock lead at the very end of the first half
Critics of Spain’s two opening appearances – in which they played a 1-1 draw against Greece and needed a late save against Georgia – believe this side has no balance on its way to a rescheduled European Championship this summer.
83 places separated Spain and Georgia in FIFA’s world rankings and yet what happened turned out to be much closer – but Enrique doesn’t pay any attention to his opponents.
“Yes,” he said, when asked if his side deserved to win. ‘And if people don’t think so, I don’t care.
‘If you score in the 90-something minute, it’s because you worked hard for the goal. Every victory will raise our morale, but we can’t afford to relax right now. ‘
Ferran Torres (center) took an equalizer for Spain to spare the European giant’s blush
Spain has only managed five shots on goal in the first two qualifiers and questions are being raised about the free-flowing football expected under Enrique.
La Roja hasn’t lost a World Cup qualifier in 28 years, but went to Georgiaa after winning one of their last five matches.
Olmo’s late attack keeps Spain second in Group B, two points behind early pacers Sweden, who maintained their 100 percent start with a 3-0 win in Kosovo.
Spain will welcome Kosovo in a qualifying match in Seville on Wednesday. Enrique hopes he doesn’t play with his emotions as much as the events in Tbilisi.