FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Luis Enrique reveals stance on Pep Guardiola taking over as Spain head coach- La Roja boss Luis Enrique has expressed his thoughts about the idea of having former colleague Pep Guardiola succeed him and manage the Spanish national men’s football team in the future.
The former FC Barcelona head coach spoke to the media while announcing his squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. While interacting with the media for the first time since their Euro 2020 campaign, Enrique mentioned how he would like to see Pep Guardiola coach Spain.
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Luis Enrique was to share his opinion about the idea of Guardiola managing the national team. Pep recently dropped bombshell news by sharing his ambitions to leave Man City in 2023 and coach an international team.
Answering the question during the press conference, Luis Enrique spoke about how the Manchester City head coach will be an ideal candidate to manage the Spanish football national team.
Marca has quoted Enrique saying, “I’d love that, I wish [Guardiola] was the Spain coach. I’d love it, it would be perfect. What’s more, I’d love to see our national team with his stamp on them. I don’t think Spain could have a better coach.”
The La Roja boss also spoke about the changes he had made in the team with seven players shuffled from his Euro 2020 squad. He went on to share his thought process explaining the changes he made to the team.
Enrique decided to rest the likes of Pedri, Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal opting against selecting them for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. One of the main reasons for the players being given some time off is their continued presence on the pitch.
The trio played at both Euro 2020 and the Olympics which led to Enrique giving them much-needed rest citing it as ” necessary” after “evaluating every case individually.” Unai Simon and Eric Garcia are the only 2 players retained by Enrique from the pool of footballers that featured in both tournaments this summer.
Spain FIFA World Cup Qualifiers schedule
Sweden vs Spain
Friends Arena, Solna @ 12:15 AM (IST)
Spain vs Georgi
Estadio Nuevo Vivero, Badajoz @ 12:15 AM (IST)
Kosovo vs Spain
Stadium Fadil Vokrri, Pristina @ 12:15 AM (IST)