‘There is no better coach than me in football history’ – Spain boss Luis Enrique trolls the media during hilarious World Cup squad reveal as he compares Sergio Busquets to Rafa Nadal, slams El Chiringuito and promises ‘courage and audacity’

    Sometimes there’s mind games with the media, and then there’s flat out trolling. Spain’s Luis Enrique has fully embraced the latter camp.

    A winner as a player and a manager, Luis Enrique has done it all, most notably taking an astonishing European treble with Barcelona in 2015, showing he’s got nothing left to prove.

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    Luis Enrique won it all as Barca manager

    And now he’s looking for another shot at silverware with Spain


    And now he’s looking for another shot at silverware with Spain

    Despite that though, like any manager of a major nation, the Spain boss is heading into the 2022 Qatar World Cup under intense scrutiny, and is absolutely loving it.

    Luis Enrique is in his fifth year as Spain coach, despite a brief hiatus for family reasons, and so far has just a Nations League final in 2021 to his name.

    That leaves plenty of question marks around a team that were almost unbeatable for a trophy-filled six-year period, with problems in goal, in defence and up front.

    Luis Enrique, though, is far more concerned about winding up the media that are trying to make him crack, as his squad announcement continued a recent trend that has even seen him using Twitter to bait the press.

    “There is no better coach than me in the history of world football,” he said as he announced a squad without Sergio Ramos or Thiago Alcantara

    “It’s not true, but I believe it. What a headline have I given them.

    Luis Enrique continued to wind up the press


    Luis Enrique continued to wind up the press

    “How am I going to doubt [myself]? With all the criticism you give us, on top of that we are going to doubt ourselves? 

    “I am the best coach on the face of the earth. If I have to convince my players and they see me doubting… Doubts? None. 

    “The criticism is going to fall on me, but I don’t care.”

    He then took on the sensationalist outlet El Chiringuito de Jugones, who have gained international fame with some shocking videos.

    The Spain boss recently used social media to compare his record favourably to other top nations

    The Spain boss recently used social media to compare his record favourably to other top nations

    Their reporter for the squad announcement, though, clearly seemed considered as he offered up two questions.

    “I’m not going to answer the first one,” Luis Enrique said and then paused for thought. “And neither am I going to answer the second.”

    While he’s no doubt amusing, there is plenty of truth to Luis Enrique’s confidence, as his squad selection undoubtedly proved.

    Unlike every other coach heading to Qatar not named Hansi Flick, Luis Enrique’s success is unparalleled at club level in recent history, giving him the licence to be brave.

    It’s already paid off in the past with caps for Barcelona duo Pedri and Gavi before they’d barely played at club level, and it’s helped him with the confidence to move on huge names like Ramos.

    Luis Enrique put his faith in Gavi before Barca even had


    Luis Enrique put his faith in Gavi before Barca even had

    It’s also allowed him to take risks, including a barely-fit Ansu Fati who he adores, and Sergio Busquets, despite many expecting a retirement as the Barca man looks to step away from top level football and move to MLS.

    “My goal is to convince Busi to play another World Cup,” he said. “Is there any doubt that he has been the best in history? 

    “But if we make a service ranking, for example, [Rafa] Nadal will not be the first. 

    “If we get the stage of the match to be what we want to play, being on the field and having more of the ball, Busquets becomes number one. 

    “I don’t see anyone on the world scene better than Busi to play what we want to play.”

    After defending his football, Luis Enrique also defended his ideas, recently showing the sort of attacking flair that often goes missing in international football.

    Spain could end up being a whole lot of fun

    Spain could end up being a whole lot of fun

    Spain have played all-out attack in their fixtures leading up to the tournament, with Luis Enrique not scared at all to throw in youngsters like Nico Williams, producing strong results.

    And the plan will be the same in Qatar, delighting neutrals, but maybe not the Spanish media.

    “We had a very clear objective. We were going to get into the matches between the big teams,” he explained. 

    “From then on, I remember a phrase I said to the players: ‘I wasn’t going to change my speech, we were going to play to have the ball more than the rival and do it in the opposition half. We were going to take risks and I was going to respect it during the European Championship and until the World Cup’. 

    “That idea is still valid and reinforced. We must have the courage and audacity to continue playing the same. If that is the case, there will be nothing to be sorry about.”


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