Luis Enriques Spain: What can we expect from the new era?

Helen Aguilar
September 8, 2018

I never wanted to hurt a colleague on the pitch.

Sergio Ramos foul [which Liverpool fans call intentional] on Mohamed Salah in the UEFA Champions League final turned the tide as Jurgen Klopp was forced to replace the injured player.

The "Luis Enrique era" is beginning with changes for Spain's national team, and not only on the field.

"I have a clear conscience", he said when asked about possible booing.

He brought through a new generation of young players and of course, many of those players went on to win the European Championship in 2008 and the World Cup in 2010.

Led by Fernando Hierro, Spain surprisingly lost on penalties to the hosts to mark a pretty disastrous World Cup campaign which saw Julen Lopetegui sacked just one day before the tournament started.

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On Liverpool's performance, Klopp added: "Result-wise it could not have been better, performance-wise we can improve". The Brazilian is a very good goalkeeper, but he's also a bold one.

Yet, Enrique has remained steadfast in his stance that De Gea is still the best man for the job at this point in time as he told reporters, via ESPN: "I don't know what's going to happen in the future but that's a position I haven't had any doubts about".

With the retirement of Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique, it will be a new-look Spain under Enrique, who has omitted Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke and Barca left-back Jordi Alba.

'I know the English fans will treat players as they deserve and I'm not anxious about that in the slightest'.

"He is captain as the most capped player", Enrique said on the eve of his first game in charge of Spain. We try to evolve our model.

Isco is also on board with Enrique's decision to ban phones at the dinner table, adding: "It's always good to have a little bit of discipline, not having phones at meals is a good idea to me, these days we are often more focused on machines than speaking with our team mates". "We want the world to fall in love with us again".

"We're the ones playing on the pitch for the national team".

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