Luis Enrique to ‘continue Lopetegui’s work’

New Spain boss Luis Enrique wants ‘to continue the work’ of predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Fernando Hierro with the national team.

Lopetegui was dismissed on the eve of the World Cup having been appointed at Real Madrid while temporary boss Hierro led the nation to a last 16 spot before elimination to Russia.

“The aim is to continue the work of Lopetegui and Hierro,” Enrique told reporters, in quotes carried by Diario Sport.

“We have been analysing everything and we believe the foundations are in place to continue to carry on and re-find success for the team.

“Both men worked extremely hard in their roles and we thank them for everything but football is a continuous cycle and winning trophies is not easy.

“At Barcelona we had similar ideas of evolution, taking decisions based on ideas of winning more matches and more trophies.

“I know what this job entails, and I am fortunate enough to have the trust of the president, whom I thank, and I hope I can impress in the role.

“I am very excited for the big challenges that await.”

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