Luis Enrique wants to stay on as Spain coach but said his future is undecided after Morocco knocked La Roja out in the last 16 of the World Cup on Tuesday. The manager, who led Spain to the semi-finals of Euro 2020, saw his side beaten 3-0 on penalties following a 0-0 draw against the North African side on 120 minutes. “I can’t say because I don’t know,” Luis Enrique told a press conference when asked about his future. “The national team has time. I am very happy with the Spanish FA, the president and with (the sporting director).
“If it were up to me I would stay all my life, but that’s not the case.
“I have to calmly think about what is best for me and for the national team. All situations will have an impact.”
The coach was first appointed in 2018 after Spain were knocked out of the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia by the hosts.
He stepped away for a short period in 2019 after his late daughter was diagnosed with bone cancer, before returning to lead Spain to a strong finish at last year’s European Championship, where Italy beat them on penalties.
Luis Enrique’s side missed all three penalties against Morocco, with Pablo Sarabia hitting the post, while Yassine Bounou saved attempts by Carlos Soler and Sergio Busquets.
“I chose the takers, I thought they were the best on the field,” said Luis Enrique.
“I chose the first three and I would do it again. (If I could change anything) I would remove Bounou and put another goalkeeper there.
“(Penalties) are not a lottery for me. You have to control yourself, to know how to control it. I would choose the same players again.”
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