‘No-one better than Spain, but…’

Luis Enrique insists ‘Spain aren’t inferior to anyone right now’ but accepts ‘developing our style in the final third is necessary’.

Luis Enrique’s first Spain squad saw him make 11 changes from the one that crashed out of the World Cup at the last-16 stage, dropping Koke and Jordi Alba for La Roja’s upcoming Nations League games against England and Croatia.

“I won’t impose an iron fist in any case,” the former Barcelona boss said at a Press conference.

“It’s true that I have character, I’m not going to hide it, but I think I have a good character.

“Each group is different so I can’t judge what happened [at the World Cup]. After a bad result, there’s a renewed group, with 11 players changed.

“They didn’t go to the last World Cup, but I don’t have any special formulas. Each group need tailor-made suits.

"I haven’t had time to start a revolution, but developing our style in the final third is necessary.

“Only in the best players were picked in this squad. Surely there will be changes in the forthcoming squads, depending on the form and conduct of the players.

“Our style is going to be the same in terms of ball possession. We want to have more weight in matches but always with nuances.

“If we compare ourselves with the best version of the national team at the [2010] World Cup and two European Championships, we may be inferior in some respects, but we don’t have to compare ourselves to them. We’re not inferior to anyone right now.

“It was a job I didn’t expect. I hope to enjoy this week of intense training. After that, it’ll be great for me to rest because I put in passion and intensity, and that wears you down.

“There’s a small group of fixed players who can go through moments when they’re not 100 percent, but we have great confidence in them.

“As for the others, their form will be important.”

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