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If people don't agree, I don't care - Luis Enrique

Wed 31 March 2021 | 8:34

Spain national football team has not achieved acceptable results in the World Cup qualifiers, and their performance has caused a lot of criticism.

A 1-1 draw against Greece and a last-minute win over Georgia worries La Roja fans, but Spanish coach Luis Enrique defended his men's performance and insisted he would not change his approach.

"

Why don't we have a first-choice starting XI? Well, that's right. I have to make my decisions,

" Enrique said.

"What I am not going to do as the national team manager is – and if people don't agree I don't care – to make my decision according to what Pepe, Manolo or Lucas want.

"I'm a professional coach with an extensive CV that proves what I achieved as a football manager, so that is why the Spanish FA hired me.

"I won't change my way of doing things. I have a 24-player squad right now and any of them could play tomorrow, which is much better than having just 11 key players."

The former Barcelona boss confirmed that some of his players need to be in the starting line-up to gain more experience.

"

In that case, if three players suddenly get injured, then I would have to use some players at the Euros who would be lacking in confidence

," he said.

"I don't believe in doing that. I had a successful career, so why should I change now? I respect every opinion but I am the manager and my experience proves that.

"And in the Euros that is how I will do it, it's the same for the World Cup when my contract will expire."

Enrique added he appreciated Kosovo and their style ahead of Wednesday's game.

"

I have watched them in some games where they press high up the field intensely, a daring and brave side that try to play the ball from the back

," Luis Enrique said.

"I like their team, given that they take risks. They will make it hard for us in some stages of the game. They have good attacking players with a good striker and then [Valon] Berisha and some other good creative midfielders."

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