La Roja reached the top of Group B after defeating Greece 1-0 on Friday (AEDT), and took advantage of Sweden’s shocked 2-0 loss in Georgia.
A penalty in the first half from Pablo Sarabia was enough to secure the victory for Spain in Athens and meant that it now has its fate in its own hands and only needs one point to secure the qualification for Qatar 2022.
Speaking ahead of the decisive match in Sevilla, Luis Enrique said: “It is very important to focus on the difficulties we can expect, which will be many. They defend very well. I hope that [the fans] will help us in these sensitive moments.
“This will not be a party until the match is over. Our job is to finish with a victory, but they are a rival and it will not be easy.”
Spain and Sweden drew 0-0 in the group stage of the UEFA Euro 2020 earlier this year, while the Swedes won the reverse match in the FIFA World Cup qualifier 2-1 in September, and Luis Enrique was asked if he intends to change his approach to this. time.
“I will not change anything beyond nuances. Sweden defends very well and at the top they have fast people, which poses problems for you.
“In the European Championships we were better, and I do not think we deserved the defeat in Stockholm. But football does not know about merit or justice, it only knows about results. That is why we need the public to deal with them, we are stronger and they are weaker . “
Spain’s head coach was also asked about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and whether he would prefer to see the legendary striker on the pitch on Monday (AEDT).
“It’s your problem, Sweden’s and its coach, not mine. I have never met Ibra. I do not know him,” added Luis Enrique.
“The truth is that with Ibra the direct play improves, but that is only part of the attack. Ibra strengthens Sweden’s long game, but we will see if he comes out when they give their line-up. If he plays, we will try to deactivate him, but that will be 100 percent impossible. “