Spain: Manager Luis Enrique Bans Board Games and PlayStation


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.

"I think that is something the press said", he said.

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".

Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos said there was renewed enthusiasm around the squad since Luis Enrique, who was a serial victor during his three seasons in charge of Barcelona, had taken over.

Aspas denied that the players rebelled in Russian Federation under Fernando Hierro as interim coach.

Real Madrid and Spain centre-back Sergio Ramos has insisted that his "conscience is really clear" over his clash with Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in last season's Champions League final.

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But midfielder Isco has come out in support of the team's new manager, saying that he welcomes coach Luis Enrique's ban on mobile phones during team meals and has embraced the new manager's footballing ideas and team building exercises.

"This first contact this week has been really good and really positive despite speculation of us both having very strong characters".

That decision was reportedly opposed by numerous senior players in the Spain squad, including captain Sergio Ramos.

"I have been here for many years but still feel very young and eager and want to continue winning with the national team, it is all good for the moment". "I have been playing for many years, I have the same drive, the same dreams".

He has of course got a great personality and a great presence on the pitch. "We had to find clues and solve riddles", Isco added.

That pragmatism would be a welcome change if the World Cup is anything to go by.