Luis Enrique says Spain have no plans to manipulate draw and avoid Brazil | Spain

Luis Enrique, the Spain coach, has asked himself whether it might be better not to win Group E and instead finish second to avoid Brazil, which is precisely why his team will not try to engineer an easy route through the World Cup.

The selección are top of the group and victory against Japan on Thursdaywould guarantee progress as group winners, but they also know a point would see them through to the last 16 and avoid Brazil in the quarter-final

“We have reflected on it,” Luis Enrique said, “but from a professional point of view, imagine that we speculate. ‘OK, we want to be second,…

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