Spain manager Luis Enrique resigns following their shocking World Cup exit

Spain manager Luis Enrique resigns following their shocking World Cup exit

Luis Enrique, Spain’s manager, resigned less than 48 hours after his team lost to Morocco on penalties in the round of 16 of the World Cup.

After taking over in 2018, the 52-year-old led Spain to the Euro 2020 semifinals, where they were defeated by Italy.

The former Barcelona manager’s contract was set to expire at the end of the year, but Luis de la Fuente, who was previously the manager of Spain’s under-21 team, has already taken his place.

The Spanish FA issued a statement in which it expressed gratitude to Luis Enrique and his coaching staff for overseeing the national squad for a number of years.

The 52-year-old was predicted to take Spain far in the World Cup in Qatar after returning to his position and leading Spain to the semifinals of the Euro 2020 tournament.

However, La Roja was eliminated from the tournament on Tuesday after a lopsided 0-0 draw at the hands of Morocco.

In the ensuing shootout, Spain missed three penalty kicks as Enrique accepted responsibility for their shocking loss and made a departure hint.

“It’s not the right time to talk about my future right now, but we will next week. I’m the one responsible.” He said.

Regarding his side’s performance, which was criticized for being appealing but lacking in goal-scoring chances, Enrique added: “I am more than happy with my squad.

They embodied both my theory and my aesthetic. All I have to say is praise. To succeed, we tried. I can’t complain about Morocco.

For children all throughout the world, this was a lovely game. Whether you like it or not, this is how life and football are.”

He continued, saying: “I’m eager to see my family and my dogs when I go home and spend time with them. I assume we’ll start talking about what the future might hold starting next week, whenever [RFEF] President Luis Rubiales deems it appropriate.

That doesn’t matter to me right now because we need to accept this disappointment and find the best method to handle it.”

Given that he’s still considered one of the top managers in the game, Enrique is now open to managerial opportunities in club football.

He will be a sought-after manager for a variety of ambitious clubs after guiding Barcelona to a historic treble in 2015 to conclude a fantastic first season at the Camp Nou.

Spain has lost on penalties at this point of the last two World Cups, and they have lost three of their last four games in the round of 16.

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