In Summary
  • Enrique has signed a two-year deal to take charge, stepping into the role held briefly by Fernando Hierro following the sudden exit of Julen Lopetegui prior to the tournament.
  • Speaking to the media on Thursday, he declared his intention to start with a clean slate as he plans to evaluate a long list of players ahead of his first game in charge, against England at Wembley Stadium on September 8.

LAS ROZAS DE MADRID

New Spain coach Luis Enrique said Thursday no revolution would be needed as he promised fans to restore the 2010 world champions into a force to be feared.

Spain went into the 2018 World Cup as one of the favourites but coach Julen Lopetegui was fired on the eve of the tournament after agreeing terms with Real Madrid.

His replacement Fernando Hierro, in his first major coaching role, could only drive his multi-talented charges to a last-16 penalty shoot-out defeat to hosts Russia.

"There will be no revolution," promised the former Barcelona boss. "It's a word I don't like too much.

"But we do need a certain level of evolution and changes need to be made."

"We shall continue in our own style, there is no doubt about that," said the 48-year-old.

"But we need to defend better and concede fewer goals. We need to play with more depth and creat more goalscoring chances."

The new coach said Spain had also suffered from their own success as other teams became aware of their style of play and how to defeat it.

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