Piqué is in Luis Enrique’s pre-list of 55 . Gerard Piqué is one of the 55 Spanish players among whom Luis Enrique will have to choose the 25 or 26 players that he will take to Qatar, something that will happen on Friday, November 11.
Sources from the Barça club confirmed to MARCA the presence of Piqué, and of almost all the team’s selectables except for Sergi Roberto and Bellerín. The first, which has entered the coach’s plans in a timely manner, was broken a week ago against Athletic.
Neither is Bellerin, who has also participated in this cycle, but Alejandro Balde is. The Barcelona defender is one of the central defenders that appears on the list delivered last week to FIFA, which also includes Sergio Ramos, his partner in all the World Cup matches in South Africa (Sergio on the side) and Russia, and only against the Netherlands in Brazil.
Luis Enrique’s plans for this World Cup have not gone through them. Piqué, at his own request, stopped going to the national team as soon as the Spaniard arrived on the bench; Ramos has not appeared since in March 2021 he will play less than five minutes against Kosovo in La Cartuja.
It is clear that ahead of them are all the other central defenders on the pre-list: Laporte, Iñigo Martínez, Pau Torres, Eric García (his injury at Mestalla is a shock), Diego Llorente and Guillamón.
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What’s more, the option of using Rodri in that position, as in the second half against Portugal in Braga, has opened up a new game scenario for Luis Enrique. But both are within that initial cut.
Gerard Piqué’s gesture with Shakira and her family upon learning of the hospital admission of William Mebarak, the singer’s father As MARCA reported last February, the World Cup was a goal for Piqué.
He opened a crack in a door that seemed closed and the coach picked up the glove: “He is a Spanish player and he meets any requirement. If he is Spanish, he wants to and wants to, he could be.
” However, since then few things have turned out on the field as he thought. Today he is the last central defender in Xavi’s rotation, and if he has more minutes played than Christensen (468 to 455) it is because of the Dane’s injury.
Even so, Luis Enrique has preferred that route to others such as David García from Navarre, as Piqué is a player much more familiar with the way of playing in Spain. Or Nacho, who has not even entered the 55.
The inconvenience that Eric García suffered in Valencia and that forced his substitution have raised the question of what the World Cup regulations say. The obligation to choose among the 55 ends when the day 14 closes in the delivery of lists to FIFA.
From then on, an injured player, accredited by FIFA doctors, can be substituted 24 hours before his team’s debut without having to be limited to the 55 pre-list. That is to say, you can enter a player touched so that he can recover and wait until the 22nd, the day before the match with Costa Rica, to call any other footballer.