Controversy over Spain’s payroll: Luis Enrique’s rejection of Pellegrini’s Betis on the World Cup list

With the Qatar World Cup just around the corner, the national teams are revealing their summons to the big event that starts next Sunday the 20th. This Friday was the case of Spain. Luis Enrique was the one who, through a press conference, He presented his 26 chosen ones to try to obtain the World Cup for the second time in history.

The payroll was not without controversy, mainly due to absences. Weighty names like Sergio Ramos, David de Gea and Thiago Alcántara were left out. Another aspect that generated resentment is related to the fact that the former DT of Barcelona did not mention any of Betis, despite the fact that Manuel Pellegrini’s team has an outstanding present and ended last season winning the Copa del Rey and qualifying for the Europa League. The main bets were on midfielder Sergio Canales and striker Borja Iglesias. In a second step, there was also the lateral Alex Moreno.

The first two were included in the pre-list of 55 players, however they could not get into the 26-player pre-list. The aforementioned players, not having a World Cup, are part of the Verdiblanca delegation that travels to South America for the friendlies that he will have against River Plate and Colo Colo. How did Betis respond? He published a photo of the three candidates for the selection on his social networks. The most striking case is that of ‘Panda’ Iglesias, since he is the top Spanish scorer of the season with eight goals in 13 LaLiga games. In addition, Luis Enrique only summoned a centre-forward: Álvaro Morata.

At the press conference, Luis Enrique not only avoided talking about those who were not cited, but also applied a dose of sarcasm in his analysis. “With all the sticks that I am going to receive, I say that I am the best coach on the face of the earth”. “How can I have doubts? There is no better coach than me in the history of world footballAnother thing is that I believe it, but I can’t doubt it,” he declared.

the sevillian newspaper Sports stadium, who covers the news of the Andalusians every day, was especially critical of the Spanish coach for the absence of any of Betis. “Luis Enrique has made a beautiful ball of paper that he has placed in the wastebasket of his office in the Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas”, mentions.

“Not a single representative of Betis in Spain, a contempt that, however, will not prevent the Verdiblanco club from claiming it in Qatar 2022 with its historical record of World Cup players”, Add. Indeed, There are five pupils of the Engineer who will be in the World Cup: Germán Pezzella and Guido Rodríguez, with Argentina; William Carvalho, with Portugal; Youssouf Sabaly, with Senegal and Andrés Guardado, with Mexico (to be confirmed).

During the day the list of Argentina for the World Cup was also known. Lionel Scaloni presented his chosen ones, with the confirmed absence of the injured Giovani Lo Celso.

archers: Emiliano Martinez, Franco Armani and Geronimo Rulli.

defenses: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, Juan Foyth, Nicolás Otamendi, Germán Pezzella, Cristian Romero, Lisandro Martínez, Marcos Acuña and Nicolás Tagliafico.

Frills: Rodrigo De Paul, Exequiel Palacios, Leandro Paredes, Enzo Fernández, Guido Rodríguez, Alejandro Gómez and Alexis Mac Allister.

strikers: Lionel Messi, Ángel Di María, Paulo Dybala, Nicolás González, Julián Álvarez and Joaquín Correa.