Luis Enriques Spain: What can we expect from the new era?

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Luis Enrique believes his most pressing challenge as Spain coach is to evolve the team from the possession-focused identity, widely dubbed "tiki-taka", that saw them fail to breach a limited Russian Federation side and ultimately lose on penalties in the World Cup round of 16 despite enjoying 75 percent of the ball. "I expect him to keep the passing style, with lots of playing through the lines, but like at Barcelona, I think he will be a little bit more pragmatic when it comes to his tactics". "I know the English fans will treat players as they deserve and I'm not anxious in the slightest".

Although Spain have lost the likes of Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique to worldwide retirement since their underwhelming campaign in Russia, Luis Enrique is delighted to be able to call upon Ramos.

However, Ramos said there was renewed enthusiasm around the squad since Luis Enrique, who was a serial victor during his three seasons in charge of Barcelona, had take over.

A year later Luis Enrique would be gone, after winning six of nine major trophies up for grabs, and yet he left the Camp Nou respected more than he was loved.

"I'm not really concerned about the fans reaction. I hope we can absorb all the knowledge that he brings to the team". I act based on the team's needs.

De Gea, 27, has been on the receiving end of lingering backlash over his place in the side following a less than impressive World Cup campaign which included a number of high profile mistakes.

Ramos said it has been an intense first week working with the new coach ahead of their opening Nations League game in League A, Group 4 which also includes Croatia.

Coaches appear to be linking players' lack of focus in matches to their obsession with cellphones and social media, with Enrique joining Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as managers dishing out sanctions and regulations with regards to players' use of cellphones.

So far, Enrique's players were not complaining.

The strategy board game is said to have been one of the things the squad played during the World Cup.

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