Spain coach Moreno happy to step down if Luis Enrique wishes to return

Spain coach Moreno happy to step down if Luis Enrique wishes to return

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Madrid, Sep 3: Spain's national football team head coach Roberto Moreno said on Tuesday that he would be happy to step down and return to his former role as assistant coach if predecessor Luis Enrique wished to return.

Moreno was named as Enrique's successor this summer when the former Barcelona coach resigned after his nine-year-old daughter Xana was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Xana ultimately passed away last week, and speaking to press ahead of Thursday's Euro 2020 qualifier at Romania, Moreno was asked about the possibility of Enrique returning to the job.

"Obviously we have had a very recent situation and we have to respect it," he replied, adding that he had initially replaced Enrique on a temporary basis that was then made permanent. "I have had to give three press conferences I would rather not have given. I would prefer the former situation."

"Luis is a friend and if the moment came for him to say he wanted to return [as Spain coach], I would be delighted to step aside and work with him again," added Moreno.

The coach was also asked about differences in his and Enrique's respective styles of play.

"The style of football is very similar with some small changes. We are going to look for something similar to what we had before," Moreno noted.

"We want to have the ball and use it well and to look to attack in depth, which will allow us to pressure hard if we lose the ball," he added. (UNI-Xinhua)