Spain coach says he has no doubts about goalkeeper De Gea

Dean Simpson
September 8, 2018

Real midfielder Isco, however, said the team have taken to the coach's training methods as well as his quirky ideas off the pitch, which saw him take the players to an escape room on Wednesday, where participants have to break out of a locked room by completing puzzles.

Enrique's men will square off against The Three Lions in both teams' opening Group 4 match of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, a biennial worldwide football competition.

Spain get the Luis Enrique era started against England at Wembley in the Nations League on Saturday, with the former Barca coach succeeding Julen Lopetegui following his pre-World Cup dismissal.

One of the biggest questions facing Spain right now is how, exactly, they replace Gerard Pique, Andres Iniesta and David Silva following their global retirements. Players have been told to attend all team meals and not to bring smartphones when they are going to eat.

"I only have nice things to say about the new coach".

Luis Enrique didn't want to reveal his side, although he said he knows what it will be, but did praise captain Sergio Ramos. "He has not only managed Barcelona, Roma and Celta Vigo, he has also managed Barcelona's reserve team and worked with their youth teams, so in that sense he has a development mentality".

"We're the ones playing on the pitch for the national team but we need people around us who are helpful instead of putting obstacles in the way constantly as that offers nothing".

Despite controlling the possession and dictating the play, Spain lacked incisiveness and defensive tenacity, which resulted in their failure to ease past defensive lines. "He finds ways to make Luis Enrique's demands clear to the players, and how to make them understand what they have to do as a collective".

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