Luis Enrique tasked with finding Spain's sweetspot between past and future

Luis Enrique tasked with finding Spain's sweetspot between past and future

Luis Enrique tasked with finding Spain's sweetspot between past and future

But the pair insist there is no bad blood between them as they work together for the first time, with Ramos keen to move Spain forward.

He might be glad that Madrid didn't get drawn against Liverpool in the Champions League, though.

"I never wanted to hurt a colleague on the pitch, of course, so my conscience is really clear about what I did that night".

Numerous celebrated figures, including Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, criticized Sergio Ramos and termed the foul intentional.

Spain play their first game under former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique on Saturday away to England in their opening match of the UEFA Nations League before hosting Croatia on Tuesday. Their talents are unique to them, there aren't many players like that, so I think the challenge for Luis Enrique is to create more of a collective - and make that collective play in a way that ensures they can cope without those big players.

Many coaches have struggled with the welcome problem of where to place Isco and it appears that Luis Enrique believes he can be useful in attack, ahead of the other three midfielders.

"The fact we have been a reference over the past decade means that everyone knows our national team", said Luis Enrique.

Enrique, too, gave a glowing report on the man he has decided will continue with the captain's armband under his tenure.

However, while attention has been focused on the role in between the sticks, Enrique feels the more pressing issue at hand is taking Spain to the next level beyond the widely known "tiki-taka" style of play which hindered their performances in Russian Federation.

"He has great personality and presence".

"I have already spoken about evolving the model in my presentation and that is what we are working on". Hierro was in temporary charge after Spain fired Julen Lopetegui right before the 2018 World Cup. "The aim is to evolve".

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