There’s no question one of the most impressive teams at the World Cup so far has been Spain. After a 7-0 demolition of Costa Rica and a 1-1 draw with Germany, the Spaniards appear keen to give anyone a run for their money.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta believes that much of that success is obviously the Barca contingent of the team. He was also quick to give Luis Enrique credit for his managing job.
“I think it’s fantastic. It gives pride for Barcelona to see how the national team is playing and how our players are doing,” he said.
“[Spain head coach] Luis Enrique has been able to take on all the pressure, which is a way to relieve all the pressure on the players. He has been very brave betting on very young players who are falling in love with the world and it just so happens that most are from Barca.
“The good role of Luis Enrique’s national team is also thanks to the good work that Xavi is doing in Barcelona, where there are the most players. For me, Spain, along with Brazil and France, are the big favourites of the tournament.”
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Laporta’s gotta keep that Enrique relationship solid, you never know what business the two might need to conduct in the future.