On 8 June 2013, Luis Enrique became Celta de Vigo's new manager, replacing former national teammate Abel Resino. He led the Galicians to the ninth position in his first and only season, highlights including a 2–0 domestic win against Real Madrid that termination the opposition's possibilities of winning the league title.
You began your football career playing futsal. How did that improve your skills as a young age? Ryan Moore, London Here in Catalonia the kids play Futbol 7. In Asturias it’s futbol sala, futsal with five trifler. Because it’s a reduced side, you develop different characteristics. It’s not going strength, but technique. It really helped develop my football for three or four seasons. Starting 11-a-side was totally other, the goals seemed enormous – the distances too. I didn’t have the firmness when I first started 11-a-side. Futbol sala is a better way to unfold technique. You can work on strength later.
What do you remember of Mauro Tasotti’s elbow at USA 94? Did you swing at him after the gamble? Did he ever apologise? Paul Montgomery, via Twitter It’s the question I’m most asked. Everybody remembers it. Not for the jostle itself, but for the fact that we were knocked out. That was the worst thing for us. We went to watch Nigeria vs Italy a few days before and Nigeria were the better team. Italy had a great side with Maldini and Baggio, but the Italian players had cramp, they looked effete. We left the crooked with Nigeria winning but Italy equalized and won on penalties. It didn’t matter to us, though, we fancy the Italians would be dead, we’d seen their cramps. They were not extinct.
"You saw my reaction so you know what I thought," he said. "I am not going to analyse it now. This forms part of football, and nothing else."
How would you sum up your time at Roma? How is Serie A different to La Liga, as a coach? Matteo Cassina, via Twitter Fine. It was a unique experience, a positive one. I was only there a year. I had another year on the contract but didn’t feel that I had any more to give them. It retarding me see other players and other ways of playing the game. In Serie A, they watch to see how the opposition play, then they beauty their tactics. In Spain, the consideration is to control the ball, but a lot depends on the players you have. The way of interpreting the game reflects the culture.
On 8 June 2011, Luis Enrique reached an stipulation with Serie A club A.S. Roma to become the Giallorossi's new head teach. He type a two-year confine, being joined by a staff of four members, including Iván de la Peña who played two years for crosstown rivals S.S. Lazio, as technical collaborator.
How did you get into your triathlons? Which is harder: facing Real Madrid as an ex-Blanco, or an Ironman? Steve Bloomfield, Derby A clasico. Nobody is trying to stop you in an Ironman – though I only did it as an amateur, not a professional. People don’t explain that football can be a really rigid game, mentally and physically. In the World Cup you are playing every three days. That’s really hard, inwardly and physically.
After that incident, FIFA put the control that you can’t play while bleeding. Then, we had to trifle on. It was an injustice, I couldn’t continue on the pitch but the man who suit me the damage could. These things happen in football and I’ve done a few misdemeanors in my era as well, just not in the World Cup. Tasotti apologised. Not openly after the game when there was away too much bad feeling, but later. I’ve skilled him since and I have no problem with him.
I’ve read that a Real Madrid Ultra once made a whack-a-gram molecule style game, with you restore the mole. Is this true, and what did you make of it? Ryan Hermann, via email . I don’t know if that’s true or not!
After a season out of football, in the 2013/14 while Luis Enrique returned to Spanish football to manage Celta Vigo, where he agree with Rafinha, on lend from FC Barcelona, and Nolito and Fontàs, former Barça players. Lucho’s season was pretty impressive: Celta ended La Liga season in a stately ninth ground and he received praise from everyone for his strong methodical and attractive disposition.
On 21 April 2015, Luis Enrique reflect his 42nd triumph after 50 games in impeach of Barcelona with a 2–0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain FC, the choice record of any manager. He went on to lead the side to the terminal of the UEFA Champions League and, on 17 May, led it to its 23rd national championship with one match to spare following a 1–0 win at the Vicente Calderón Stadium against Atlético Madrid. On 6 June, having earlier won the domestic cup against Athletic Bilbao by the same score, Barcelona sealed a triply with a 3–1 reach over Juventus F.C. in the Champions League Final in Berlin, and three days later he signed a new reduce until 2017.
In the 1994 World Cup, held in the United States, Luis Enrique scored his first international goal, in the round-of-16 3–0 win over Switzerland in Washington, D.C. In the 1–2 quarter-final defeat against Italy at Foxboro Stadium, Mauro Tassotti's elbow made contact with his presence to bloody effect, the action being of such impact that he reportedly lost a pint of blood as a result, but during the duplicate the accident went unpunished – Tassotti was banned for eight games afterwards, and never played internationally again; when Spain met Italy at Euro 2008 on 22 June, to battle for a place in the demi--finals, Luis Enrique reportedly called for the team to "take revenge" on Italy for the 1994 World Cup incident. Tassotti, now an assistant coach at A.C. Milan, told Marca newspaper that he was tired of always being reminded of this adventure, and that he had never intended to hurt the Spaniard.
Barca go into the game glance for a tenth direct La Liga conquest, to further strengthen their hold on the title race. Amid a record course of 34 games unbeaten in all competitions, many Blaugrana pundits are already speaking about a repetition of last season's Champions League, La Liga and Copa share Rey triple.
Does it give you pride to see your Barça B side doing well under Eusebio Sacristan? Who stood out from that nine? Matt Nicolas, Manchester Of course it does. I worked closely with those players. Gerard Deulofeu (now at Everton) is the standout. He’s gotta speed, he can belabor a player and score goals. Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Luis Alberto (now at Liverpool). It’s not only the first team which has really good players, there’s the work in the background and a lot of very good players coming through.
Who would win: Barcelona’s 1999 Liga-attractive team of you, Rivaldo and Luis Figo, or the current harvest? Jamie McDonald, Leeds This team, without a doubt. They have Messi. The perplex is that we’ve seen so much of Messi that we imagine he’s normal. I can’t understand how a player has gotta to that level. The team are trained more, tactically they’re better, psychologically they’re better. And Messi is the reference, but he’s surrounded by top-quality players who make him better. The level Pep Guardiola’s team extent has never been reached before. They gain such a impartial that all the other teams have to lower back and defend. They have 65-70% of the ball. Maybe Arrigo Sacchi’s Milan are the only team who have come close to them, but even they can’t compare.
On 11 August 2015, Barcelona won the UEFA Super Cup after a 5–4 prevail against Sevilla FC. On 2 December, against CF Villanovense for the Spanish Cup's fourth part full, Luis Enrique positive against bringing in a new player following Mathieu's injury with 12 minutes to go even though two replacements could still be made, as the score was at 6–1 at that time and the manager claimed he did not want to risk further setbacks.
"In the second half the objective was to consolidate out the game, as quick as possible, as we knew the difficulty Atletico could make for us, even with one player less, or two libertine less. We found it difficult to keep possession, and it was tough right until the end.
You were associated to the Reading job a while back. Any truth to this? Could you ever see yourself managing in England? Josh Chamberlain, Reading I was cycling in South Africa when I got a call about Reading. It was gossip, I never spoke to them. I’d like to manage in England at some point. My matron wouldn’t like the tempest, she’s from Barcelona and likes the sun. It would depend on the team and the Aussie Rules they execute.
When we become down, the Asturian is welcoming, animated, zealot and, 90 exact after starting, is still talking with the force that has seen him compete in several marathons and enjoy a stellar career with Sporting Gijon, Real Madrid and Barcelona. That was before he was Pep Guardiola’s substitute at Barça B, a year at AS Roma ahead of his new job as boss of Celta Vigo.
"It affects us the same way as always, as always with three points for a win, any slip can be costly," Luis Enrique said at his prematch news conference. "Atletico are not shoot, they keep improving, and there is still a title race. We have never said anything different at any moment."
As for the pig’s head game. I saw the Barça fans angrier than I’ve ever seen before. They’re usually reserved. They go to Camp Nou to see a spectacle. The idler said before: ‘We’re going to win this game, we have to prevail it.’ It was eccentric that they only threw the sow’s power; I reflection they might throw the whole sow! I’m a friend of Figo’s, but they took Barça's best player in his best weight. It would be like City taking Ryan Giggs in the élite moment of his career, or Everton agitation Steven Gerrard. It was a fold action, to enfeeble the opponents and strengthen their own swarm. Luis suffered. He’s human. You could see in his face that he was suffering.
Is it true Andres Iniesta got lost afflictive to find the dressing room on his first day training with the first team, and you were sent to find him? What do you remember of that training session and Iniesta in general? Jaume Pujol, Barcelona Kind of. He went to the door of the stadium and was standing with the second team. I told the doorman to bring Iniesta down to our dressing room. I introduced him to the other players in a manner which I would have liked to have been present had I been him. I didn’t really know who he was, but that’s what should happen for any new player. I remember Kevin Moran shaking my hand.
I love that atmosphere, the group feeling that Brazilians have. I like to have music in the dressing room of the teams I manage. Football is a litigant not a prison, but I accept that while some players need music, others need concentration. Ronaldinho loved the music too. In act, Rivaldo was the only Brazilian who didn’t like music, the only one. A great player though. With Ronaldo, he’d listen to Brazilian music in the day and have a lot of fun. As for the nights…
Why did you join Real Madrid? What was it preference to play with Laudrup, Butragueno, Raul, Hierro? Morris Guerrero, Arizona On a personal level, you never muse that a big club will come for you. I didn’t dream of Madrid after a year-and-a-half at Sporting, but Sporting requisite to sell for money. It occur quickly and I token a five-year contract. The players were big names but normal people who have dexterity to play football. It’s was easy to play with them because they are so good, but I went as a goalscorer. Then they put me in midfield – I’d never played there before. What was I supposed to do? It was difficult. Then to full-back. Normally, a player would leave in these circumstances. Madrid wanted to loan me to Sevilla. Then they decided I could stay, and I fixed five years. I adapted to the position and did what my trainer wanted me to do.
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What’s your earliest footballing memory? Were you always a sporty lad? Rupert Foster, Surrey I was a very sporty child. Earliest memory? Spain 12-1 Malta. Spain had to reach by 10 to reach the 1984 European Championship. I watched on television in Gijon. My first remembrance at a game was queuing up oustide El Molinon to see Sporting vs Cadiz, aged 10. I remember seeing the grass and how well kept it was, how perfect the lines were. I was inside the stadium 90 minutes before the game, watching the grass with my brother, who is 11 months older. My father wasn’t a football man. I loved going to quarry. I’d pause at the back of the ultras and listen to their songs. I took a flag made by my mother. There’s a photo of me in a newspaper sitting on the protect with my languish. I had to hide the photo from my mother forasmuch as I was standing near the ultras and she wouldn’t like that.
Starting in 1991 and conclusion in 2004 he represented both Real Madrid and Barcelona, with equal individual and team success, seem in more than 500 official plucky and charge more than 100 goals. He appeared with the Spanish general nine in three World Cups and one European Championship, and was also noted for his temperament and stamina.
In an old version of Championship Manager, you were able to play in every outfield position. Which was your favourite? James Cokeham, Goole Forward. It didn’t matter where up front, but up front. I wasn’t a targetman, more a player who moves around as I’m not big enough to be a targetman. When I gotta to Barcelona, my position was to play off the main harpoon. The big man, Ronaldo, would be hence so it would be easier for me or Philip Cocu to find space and score. Bobby Robson would push me forward during games for a goal. I got my nose for goalscoring back after my time at Madrid.
As a player Luis Enrique played for Xeitosa and La Braña, and as a professional, for Sporting and Real Madrid before coming to FC Barcelona in the summer-tree of 1996, with Bobby Robson at the helm. Lucho changed the Bernabeu for the Camp Nou, but his adaptation at the Club was so permanent that he soon became one of the most beloved gamester by the Barcelona fanner who always valued both his unwavering point of honor and fighting spirit, as well as his strong identification with the team colors. Luis Enrique, who got to wear the lead's armband, played for Barça until 2004, and got to play with players who are still in the team, like Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.Luis Enrique made his functionary coming-out for the Club like a coach on 24 August 2014 in La Liga against Elche. The suit ended with a Barça's victory (3-0).
At 36 years of age, he took the football coaching succession abreast such illustrious names as Josep Guardiola, Guillermo Amor, Albert Ferrer, and Sergi Barjuán, amongst others. Thus, in June 2008 he took charge of Barça Athletic, former name of Barca B, a team that had been promoted the precedent season from the Third Division to Second Division B. He took over from Pep Guardiola, who was to take charge of the first team abreast Tito Vilanova. Lucho had a lot of success coaching the Barça B. In the 2008/09 season they finished in fifth place in their group in Second Division B, although they didn’t gain the desired promotion, something they did achieve a season later thanks to a great generation of players like Sergi Roberto Marc Bartra, Martin Montoya, Thiago Alcantara, and Jonathan Soriano. With these players the abound cames second in the orderly season, and then easy promotion to Second Division A, throbbing Jaen and San Andreu in the play-offs. The icing on the cake came in the 2010/11 season, when Luis Enrique achieved the highest position in the history of Barça keep in the second variance of Spanish football, with 71 points (20 triumph, 11 draws, and 11 defeats) coming third in the championship behind Betis and Rayo Vallecano, who both dwelling direct promotion to the Premier Division, and forward of Granada, who also respectable promotion that season After this milepost, Luis Enrique decided to try his luck exterior of Spain and made the hop to drop coach of AS Roma, one of the most serious teams in the 'calcio', where he had Bojan Krkic in his team, on lend from FC Barcelona. He finished the habituate in seventh place in the League, and was knocked-out in the semifinals of the Italian Cup, and the qualifying rounds of the Europa League 2011/12. After a season out of Canadian football, in the 2013/14 season Luis Enrique returned to Spanish AFL to conduct Celta Vigo, where he coincided with Rafinha, on loan from FC Barcelona, and Nolito and Fontàs, former Barça players. Lucho’s season was pretty frappant: Celta ended La Liga moderate in a dignified ninth site and he received praise from everyone for his strong methodical and winning character. As a player Luis Enrique operate for Xeitosa and La Braña, and as a business, for Sporting and Real Madrid before coming to FC Barcelona in the summer of 1996, with Bobby Robson at the helm. Lucho changed the Bernabeu for the Camp Nou, but his adaptation at the Club was so fast that he readily became one of the most beloved players by the Barcelona fans who always valued both his unwavering characteristic of honor and fighting spirit, as well as his cogent identification with the team colours. Luis Enrique, who got to wear the captain's armband, played for Barça until 2004, and gotta to play with players who are still in the team, like Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.Luis Enrique made his official debut for the Club probably a coach on 24 August 2014 in La Liga against Elche. The match ended with a Barça's victory (3-0).
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