The day Wembley surrendered to Luis Enrique

The selection jPlay tomorrow, Tuesday, the semifinals of the Eurocup against Italy. Will do it in Wembley, the mythical English stadium, which is special for Luis Enrique. The coach wants to reach the final of the tournament in the same stadium in which he began his career as a Spanish coach. It was on September 8, 2018 when the Asturian inaugurated the position. He was appointed on July 9, 2018 to replace Fernando iron who in turn took office after the dismissal of Julen lopetegui 48 hours after the start of the World Cup in Russia after announcing that he was going to coach Real Madrid after the World Cup.

Luis Enrique He was the one chosen by Luis Rubiales to restore order to a team that was not even the shadow of the one that reigned in the world of football from 2008 to 2012 with two European Cups and a World Cup. The Asturian took over that challenge and his first appointment was on September 8 in Wembley against England on the first day of the Nations League. The coach already made it clear in his first call that new air had entered the selection, leaving out players like Jordi Alba or Koke and calling Diego Llorente, Gayá, Ceballos or Suso.

Luis Enrique I knew that a new stage is better to start with a victory and if it was against England and at Wembley, much better. And that happened, the new Red won by 1-2 tracing the initial goal of Rashford. Saúl and Rodrigo they were the authors of the goals of the Spanish victory at Wembley. A prestigious triumph in which Luis Enrique showed what he wanted from his team: 4-3-3 as a system, good ball handling and being a protagonist in matches. Some commandments that are still valid today in the selection that revisits Wembley this Tuesday. There, in September 2018, Luis Enrique began a path in which he stopped for family matters, which he resumed in November 2019 and which now runs for a visit to London, to Wembley that Luis Enrique and his players took in September 2018.

10th visit to Wembley

That game was the ninth game that Spain played in the temple of English football, the third in the new Wembley, whose first confrontation was a friendly played on November 30, 1955, in which England won 4-1. Almost five years later, on October 26, 1960, the English team again thrashed Spain at Wembley 4-2.

In the 1960s, the national team lost again twice to England, 2-0 in a friendly played on May 24, 1967, and 1-0 in the qualifying phase for the 1968 European Championship in Italy.

The Spanish spell at Wembley came to an end on March 25, 1981. On that day, Spain won 1-2, the team’s first triumph at this stadium. That joy turned to sadness fifteen years later, when Spain lost to England in the quarterfinals of Euro 1996 on penalties.

Frank Lampard resolved the first visit to the new Wembley (1-0), on November 12, 2011. Before the last triumph of three years ago, the Spain of Julen lopetegui tied at two on November 15, 2016