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Luis Enrique Satisfied With Spain Performance In Nations League

Luis Enrique says he is satisfied with the progress his young Spain side have made despite their failure to reach the finals of the UEFA Nations League.

Spain won their opening two fixtures in Group A4, beating England 2-1 at Wembley before thrashing Croatia 6-0, but then lost 3-2 at home to England and by the same scoreline in Croatia.

That left their destiny out of their own hands and England’s 2-1 win over Croatia on Sunday meant Spain missed out on next summer’s finals after finishing second.

Nonetheless, Luis Enrique has been pleased with how the team has come on since he took control following the World Cup.

Spain beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 in a friendly match on Sunday night, with Celta Vigo midfielder Brais Mendez scoring the winning goal.

‘Obviously we would have liked to have been in the final four, it seemed that we had it on track after the first two games but it is one of the most difficult groups,’ he said.

‘We lost our chance in Seville [against England] and in Zagreb.

‘I make a positive assessment of the six matches that we have had, I already knew that the players could not give me everything I have asked for but I am delighted with the attitude of them all.

‘I am happy and satisfied.’

Luis Enrique made wholesale changes for the match with Bosnia in Las Palmas, with Real Madrid’s Isco impressing in the role of stand-in captain.

‘He is a different player,’ the manager said. ‘He is decisive, with great quality and a praiseworthy attitude.

‘The captain’s armband is anecdotal because he had played the most matches. Isco has been leading teams for years in Madrid and for the national team, he did it in the World Cup.’