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Thursday November 8 2018
Luis Enrique: I'd like to resemble Jordi Alba in the Spain squad

Luis Enrique claims he would most like to resemble Jordi Alba in the Spain squad, ‘even though I’m a bit taller.’

Luis Enrique called up Alba for the first time as Spain boss on Thursday for upcoming games against Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The former Barcelona Coach was then asked who he wanted to be most like out of his 24-man squad at a Press conference.

“I don’t have to base my decisions on public opinion,” he began.

“In this world, making decisions is a very complicated thing. There’s no turning point about my decision to call Jordi Alba.

“Nothing has changed. I don’t have any personal problems with any player. There have been no calls or anything.

“In this room there’s no-one who knows Jordi Alba better than our staff on a professional level.

“When it comes to calling or not calling a player, there are things that can help. Not only are we influenced by their quality.

“That’s the case with Jordi Alba. The decisions were made by my staff. He’ll be one of our captains as he’s the player with the third-most caps.

“However, let’s not overdo it. I don’t have to clarify anything about Jordi Alba. Everyone’s called up when they’re called up.

“I’ll greet him and welcome him, that’s it. The same goes for our other new faces. My job is to make decisions and not be affected by my personal relationship with the players. The players have to understand that.”

“Who I’d like to resemble in the squad? Jordi Alba, even though I’m a bit taller…”

Ex-Roja boss Vicente del Bosque once said he would have liked to resemble Sergio Busquets as a player.

Football Italia website