Spain coach imposes cell phone ban on players

Angelica Greene
September 8, 2018

That decision was reportedly opposed by numerous senior players in the Spain squad, including captain Sergio Ramos.

Real Madrid and Spanish midfielder, Isco lost his temper after a reporter asked a question about Spain's failure in the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I have a clear conscience", he said.

Isco refused to answer a question from a journalist in a tetchy Spain news conference, telling the reporter to "write whatever you like".

Iago Aspas was preparing for a quiet week after not being selected by Luis Enrique to the Spain squad but then suddenly he received the call to join up after Diego Costa was injured.

Luis Enrique knows better than anyone the pitfalls of tweaking an identity both entrenched and once adored. I am delighted with him.

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Forgetting the heartbreak, Spain is now all set to start afresh. "He knew he was not going to have them so he has been able to design his team with that in mind". Their talents are unique to them, there aren't many players like that, so I think the challenge for Luis Enrique is to create more of a collective - and make that collective play in a way that ensures they can cope without those big players.

He told The Argus: "It's really hard".

Spain have had disappointing showings at their last three major tournaments since dominating the world game between 2008 and 2012 when they lifted back-to-back European Championship titles either side of their first World Cup triumph.

David de Gea's spot as the Spanish national team's number one goalkeeper is not under threat, according to manager Luis Enrique.

Madrid midfielder Isco, however, said the team have taken to the coach's training methods as well as his quirky ideas off the pitch, which saw him take the players to an escape room on Wednesday, where participants have to break out of a locked room by completing puzzles. Spain has disappointed in the last two World Cups, losing in the group stage and the round of 16.

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