Luis Enrique admits mistake over Aspas call-up

by Steven Clarke September 13, 2018, 1:36
Luis Enrique admits mistake over Aspas call-up

Luis Enrique admitted after Spain's 6-0 win over Croatia that he has the backbone of the team well in place now and there has been a notable power shift in personnel from Barcelona to Real Madrid.

They'd have seen Spain edge out England 2-1, with a largely impressive opening display under new boss Luis Enrique - and will now be raring to take on the Spanish themselves at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero in Elche.

He promised evolution, not revolution, and while his team still dominated possession, they were faster, more direct and less predictable in the final third.

Spain have rattled in the goals against Croatia to take charge of their Nations League group.

It was the biggest defeat ever for Croatia, which was playing its first competitive game since reaching the World Cup final in Russian Federation.

It got worse for Croatia before the break as Asensio grabbed two memorable goals in the space of two minutes, first blasting beyond Kalinic from 25 yards before driving towards the box and curling a stunning effort that smacked the crossbar and went in off the unfortunate goalkeeper.

It was also the second time this year that Spain have scored six goals against World Cup runners-up, following their 6-1 win over 2014 finalists Argentina in March.

Spain manager Luis Enrique has rubbished suggestions that only one Barcelona player started in their UEFA Nations League match against Croatia exclusively because of hard feelings towards his former employers.

Then Rodrigo headed Carvajal's cross early in the 2nd half to make it 4-nil.

Croatia will hope to get their first Nations League points when they host England next month.

"We have played against team that did really well in the World Cup".

Rodrigo, Isco and Thiago Alcantara all had chances to extend the scoreline, but the defence and Kalinic were able to keep them out and avoid making it even more embarrassing.

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku scored twice and won a penalty that Eden Hazard converted as they crushed Iceland 3-0 in their Nations League A, Group 2 clash in Reykjavik on Tuesday.

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