Luis Enrique admits Portugal have 'BETTER PLAYERS' than his Spain side

Luis Enrique says Portugal have ‘BETTER PLAYERS’ than his Spain side just two months out from the start of the World Cup as rivals prepare for winner-takes-all Nations League tie

  • Luis Enrique has suggested Portugal have better player than his Spain side
  • Enrique was speaking ahead of the sides’ winner-takes-all Nations League game
  • Spain recently lost 2-1 to Switzerland, while Portugal beat Czech Republic 4-0
  • Enrique will lead Spain at the World Cup, which starts in less than two months 
  • Click here for all the latest World Cup 2022 news and updates

Luis Enrique has admitted that he thinks Portugal has better players than Spain.

Enrique has managed the Spanish national team since 2018 and will lead the nation at this summer’s World Cup in Qatar.

The 52-year-old, however, via Cabine Desportiva, has criticised his side less than two months away from the tournament, claiming rivals Portugal have a better team before wishing the country the best at the World Cup.

Spain manager Luis Enrique has claimed Portugal have better players than his Spain side

Enrique has managed Spain since 2018 and will take the country to the World Cup in Qatar

‘Regarding Spain today, Portugal has better players than Spain,’ Enrique said.

‘Starting players in the Premier League, La Liga and other championships. It exports a lot of players, it’s very interesting. 

‘I hope both teams triumph in the World Cup.’

Both sides will fancy their chances in Qatar and are among the favourites to win the competition at the end of December.

Portugal boast stars such as Joao Cancelo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ruben Dias (centre)

Portugal manager Fernando Santos could take his team to their second National League finals

Enrique said he hopes both Spain and Portugal ‘triumph’ at the World Cup later this year

Portugal boast an impressive squad, featuring the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva, though Spain’s 26-man squad heading to the tournament is likely to include Pedri, Rodri and Marco Asensio.

Spain did however lose to Switzerland in their latest match, meaning they will need to beat Portugal tomorrow to qualify for the finals of the Nations League.

Portugal meanwhile sit on ten points from five games and must just avoid defeat to reach their second finals in three events.

Fernando Santos’ side lifted the inaugural Nations League trophy, beating Holland 1-0 in the 2019 final.

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