Luis Enrique ready to end Spain's tiki-taka years and bring in his own style
Luis Enrique is the man tasked with rebuilding the national team of what was, for a time, the greatest football nation on earth, and if a general attitude of intensity bordering on contempt is what is required then perhaps Spain will be just fine come Euro 2020.
The new Spain manager was at Wembley on Friday evening for what could best be described as a cursory performance in the auditorium ahead of facing England – the kind of man who gave every impression he had somewhere much more important to be. That is his usual setting when it comes to the Spanish media, who had lots of questions about his relationship with Sergio Ramos, about the new rules around the camp and whether David de Gea will play in goal.
He was reluctant to answer any in depth, his no-nonsense style clearly meant to reflect the way in which he intends to manage. An extreme sports enthusiast, an iron man nonetheless, who takes training sessions from an elevated pitchside platform, often from behind a pair of sunglasses, Enrique is the iron manager who has been appointed in the hope that he can knock Spain into shape. It is a team where Ramos is still regarded as the boss and as they begin their time together as player and coach, both of them were keeping a respectful distance.