Spain's Luis Enrique Salutes Players after Loss to Italy


Spain coach Luis Enrique has said he had no complaints over his side's Euro 2020 semi-final exit after a penalty shootout defeat to Italy on Tuesday, insisting he will only be congratula­ting his players for their efforts in the tournament.

Alvaro Morata's well-taken finish dragged Spain back into the game after Federico Chiesa had brilliantl­y fired Italy into the lead in the second half at Wembley.

But after neither side could find a winner following extra time, Morata's miss in the shootout proved crucial, as Jorginho's spot kick sealed a place in the final for the Azzurri.

"It is not a sad night for me, not at all," Luis Enrique told a news conference. "Of course there is some disappoint­ment but that is elite football. You have to learn to win and lose.

"We talked a lot about how we wanted to play, the players believed in it and I can only congratula­te them, I have no complaints.

"We have shown that we are a team. Now it is important to recover and then we will meet again ahead of the World Cup qualificat­ion."

The former Barcelona coach singled out 18-year-old Barca midfielder Pedri for special praise.

Spain's Pedri completed all 56 of his passes in the 90 minutes of normal time at Wembley - only France's Samuel Umtiti has ever completed more with 100% passing accuracy in a European Championsh­ip match since 1980.

"No 18-year-old has done what he has," Luis Enrique added. "His performanc­es, his interpreta­tion of the role, how he finds free space, his quality, his character... I have never seen anyone do what he does, it is devoid of all logic."

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