• Reaction

Luis Enrique takes Guardiola’s route with one of Spain’s youngsters

Getty Images

Ahead of the upcoming Nations League matches, Luis Enrique revealed he might take a play from Guardiola’s book with one of his players. 

Pep Guardiola’s experiments tend to pay off pretty well as Luis Enrique might’ve just confirmed. The Spain manager is completely enamored by one of Pep’s latest discoveries at Manchester City, a player he brought to England from Valencia. We are obviously talking about Ferran Torres, who’s been playing in Guardiola’s ‘False 9’ position lately.

Sergio Aguero’s injury forced Pep to think a little outside the box and found Torres’ relocation quite refreshing. Since he took that role at Manchester City, the Spaniard has been the top forward for the Citizens. It even posed a problem for Pep Guardiola when Sergio Aguero returned from his injury. It was obvious that Luis Enrique would get a clue to what Torres has been doing with Guardiola lately.

This has to be one of the main reasons he called the player up for the next two Nations League matches. We can get a major take away from the previous match Spain played against the Netherlands earlier this week. 

Luis Enrique likes the ‘False 9’ position. 

Whether it’s using Marco Asensio, Gerard Moreno, or Ferran Torres. Luis Enrique proved he likes Guardiola’s idea of using a ‘False 9’ player. However, Torres played the role perfectly when he got on the pitch against the Netherlands.

With 30 minutes still left on the clock, Ferran came on the pitch to test his new position under Luis Enrique. He got to play a good amount of time but he wasn’t able to score for the Spanish side during this period. Regardless of the result, Luis Enrique confirmed he will keep trying to use this position. 

The Spain gaffer told AS: “I like playing in function of what the team needs the most. I’ve played with a false 9 and I like it, but I don’t shy away from playing any other system. We tend to play with a 4-3-3 from the get go, but we tend to change things up as the game progresses. It is a good system to begin the game but then we get so many variations.”