The turbulent period marked the return of Luis Enrique to the bench of the Spanish national team in the fall of 2019, after several months of absence due to private problems. The list of players for the European Championship without Real Madrid football players was sharply welcomed by the public, but the result was on the side of the former national team player.
Spain reached the semifinals in which it was only defeated by penalties by Italy, the later winner of the tournament. Then, they confidently went through the qualifications for the World Cup in Qatar, winning 19 out of a possible 24 points, while they in the League of Nations for the 2020/21 season reached the final, where France defeated them 2: 1 with a goal by Kylian Mbappe in the 80th minute.
In a good mood, the Spaniards are waiting for the start of preparations for the World Cup and tonight's match with Albania and then on Tuesday with Iceland. Fans are dreaming a lot about the final in Qatar and the replay in 2010, when the Red Fury climbed to the roof of the world.
The reality, however, is somewhat different. Spain had a change of generations, and new hopes led by Pedri, Ferran Torres, Rodri ... are yet to gain experience. They have shown potential at the European Championships and the League of Nations, but the question is whether they will be able to reach the desired heights in Qatar.
This is certainly expected in the future, but now it may be too early. Regardless of the alibi he has up his sleeve, Luis Enrique told reporters that he would resign if the results at the upcoming World Cup are not as expected.
"I feel great support from President and sports director Molina. They signed me not once, but twice. I will never forget the opportunity to return. I will fulfill my obligation, which is until the end of the World Cup.
Now I am very satisfied, and I am not extending the contract because of you (media). Since it expires after the World Cup, if something goes wrong in Qatar, you will not have to ask for my resignation, "the coach explained why he signed a three-year contract after returning to the bench.
Enrique's negative attitude towards the media is partly due to the fact that it has often been written lately that he could replace the Spanish national team with the role of Manchester United coach, who is looking for a solution for the bench because Ralf Rangnick becomes an advisor at the club.
By the way, Spain will play against Albania at the Espanyol Stadium in Barcelona, which will be the return of the national team to Catalonia after 18 years. "I am expecting a party. I am looking forward to the game and I hope that we will be at a high level," Luis Enrique pointed out.