From our initial understanding, Spain boss Luis Enrique had resigned, but it’s emerging he has been sacked as manager of the national team after four years in charge.
The former Barcelona and Roma manager leaves his post after his side got knocked out in the round of 16 against Morocco at the ongoing Qatar World Cup.
Former Sevilla and Atletico Bilbao manager, Luis de le Fuente, is the man to replace the former Barcelona midfielder. Enrique had been in charge of Spain for four years and had to compassionate leave after the tragic passing of his daughter.
Former Roma manager Enrique would return and oversee a semi-final defeat to Italy on penalties and two round-of-16 World Cup defeats. This year’s campaign did start well for La Furia Roja, they swept away Costa Rica 7-0.
As impressive as this result was, Spain’s inability to kill off other sides in their group games cost them top spot. In theory, Morocco is a side that they can beat, but in this World Cup? Well, there’s been no such thing!
The North Africans took Enrique’s side to penalties and they came out on top in the luck of the dice that is penalty shootouts. As for our own opinion, we think the decision to sack Luis Enrique is a harsh one.
Spain have good players coming through. For example, players like Carlos Soler were in the U-19 side that defeated Germany in 2019. He has since graduated to the senior side. Soler is one of many players to do this under Enrique.
The former Barcelona manager was carefully evolving this team. Stalwarts like Busquets and Alba, are not getting younger and as a result younger players will need to replace these two legends, which he was doing carefully.
What was missing in Spain’s side was someone who could finish off the chances, that they were creating. Alvaro Morata, who has been a mainstay in the side, is not the man to lead the line for Spain.
Yes, he’s hardworking, selfless and a great team player, but a more selfish forward is needed alongside him. Think Morata and Ronaldo at Juventus. There is one player who could be the answer to Spain’s prayers, former Wolves player Rafa Mir.
Mir, who was the top scorer for La Furia Roja in the Olympics, could be just the man the national team needs. If the Sevilla man doesn’t play, then I can’t help but feel Spain will be going through De Ja Vu by sacking de le Fuente.
The former Under-21’s boss will need time to implement his ideas, he doesn’t lack pedigree as he has won international honours with his country. The 61-year-old might not be known to some, but represents continuity for the national set-up.
Spain’s youngsters will be hoping that this is the case.
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