Luis Enrique spoke to the media yesterday and handled himself admirably after a complex few days for the Asturian head coach. He spent considerable time in going into detail about the impact of the two cases and explained the reasoning behind creating a parallel bubble squad as a 'Plan B'. He was also anxious to praise his players and complimented those players recently called up who abandoned holiday plans to train with the squad at the Las Rozas HQ. He was also adamant that neither Sergio Busquets or Diego Llorente would be replaced but would be welcomed back into the camp as soon as they get the medical green light.
Vaccination situation drags on
I'm also hoping that we can put the matter of the players being vaccinated to bed today too with the J&J one dose vaccine being touted. Some players may get the Pfizer but given the practicality of the Jansen vaccine, that is the preferred option for the Spanish FA. This whole affair has been addressed way too late and there is an outside worry that a few players may suffer side affects with Monday's game looming large on the horizon but at this late stage, what can one do? This episode has been an unwanted distraction ahead of the tournament but am quietly confident that as soon as the action gets underway, we'll all forget about these side-shows, such is the power of football.