FIFA World Cup 2022

Luis Enrique Backs Spain to Stay Hungry after Historic Rout

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Luis Enrique believes Spain's hunger will only increase after they recorded the country's biggest ever World Cup victory in an emphatic 7-0 thrashing of Costa Rica on Wednesday.

The 2010 champions dominated their opponents, who did not manage a shot at goal in the whole match, and in their second group game on Sunday face a desperate Germany, who were beaten 2-1 by Japan earlier.

Spain's previous record victory was a 6-1 thrashing of Bulgaria at the 1998 World Cup, a match in which Luis Enrique scored for La Roja.

However, while the Spain coach thinks that too much flattery can weaken a team's resolve, he is confident his side will stay grounded and focused.

"I have no doubt that we will play the next game with the same spirit, if not more," Luis Enrique told reporters.

"I have no doubts at all. It's true that praise weakens you, but don't worry about this group of players, I see them every day.

"(It won't happen) because there will be changes in the line-up, because they want to compete, to work hard.

"I doubt that would happen, it's never happened, this is a group of people ready to do things in the right way."

The coach said he was surprised Germany lost their opening Group E game, although he recognised Japan's threat.

"It was a surprise the way they started off, Germany, against Japan but there are surprises in football, you never know," said the coach.

"Japan are a very good team, they're a dynamic team, they have a lot of quality, quality players.

"You never know in football. We're going to try to win the next match against them (Germany), we're going to try to beat them, that's the goal."

Despite the superb display at Al Thumama stadium, Luis Enrique says he is planning on changing his starting line-up against Germany.

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