MADRID – Spain defender Marc Bartra stressed on Saturday the positive values brought by the national team’s new head coach Luis Enrique during his strong debut campaign, saying it has the potential to pay off in the future.
La Roja has won all three matches since Luis Enrique took the helm over the summer, prevailing 2-1 over England and 6-0 against Croatia in the UEFA Nations League, followed by a 4-1 friendly win against Wales on Thursday.
“In this squad you can see the ambition, the hunger and everything the coach transmits – both with or without the ball – being compact and aggressive,” Bartra said in a press conference ahead of Monday’s upcoming Nations League clash against England.
The Real Betis defender also praised the atmosphere within the national team, saying it has improved La Roja’s performance and delivered results.
Bartra, 27, who previously worked with Luis Enrique at Barcelona during the first two seasons of the coach’s three-year spell there, said “I’ve known him since I was 17. Tactically, he dominates the facets of the play in any position and more or less applies the same concepts that got us so many wins at Barcelona.”
“I think his work can bear fruit with the national team,” he added.