Luis Enrique: Messi or Suarez have to win the World Cup if Spain are not crowned

MADRID: Spain manager Luis Enrique said if his team can’t win the FIFA World Cup in Qatar would like to see Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez win the title with Argentina and Uruguay respectively. Luis Enrique, who coached Messi and Suarez during a successful spell with Barcelona between 2014 and 2017, said the strikers deserved to retire after winning the world title. “If we don’t win the title, I would like Argentina to do it,” added the Spain coach last night. It would be very unfair for a player of Messi’s stature to retire without a world title. So is Uruguay under Luis Suarez.” The 52-year-old is also confident his team will deliver a successful tournament despite Spain’s lack of experience. He said his squad, which participates in Group E with Germany, Costa Rica and Japan fears no opponent. “I’m not worried about the lads,” added Luis Enrique. Football has improved and the youngsters are highly motivated while experienced players lead the pack. We already know our opponents in the round of 16 and will meet a of the teams in the Brazilian group in semifinal, but who said we are afraid? “Let’s hope Spain is the surprise, even if it won’t be a surprise for me,” added Luis Enrique. Spain will start their World Cup campaign next Wednesday against Costa Rica. (Reuters)