As Spain departed the World Cup in Qatar, Luis Enrique said that “everything went to hell” against Morocco.
Morocco, the tournament’s surprise package, knocked Spain out on penalties after a goalless draw in Tuesday’s last-16 match.
Luis Enrique was subsequently fired as head coach on Thursday, with former Spain youth coach Luis de la Fuente selected as his replacement.
While referring to the lasting legacy his Spain team may leave on future generations, Luis Enrique stated that it just takes 90 minutes for years of planning to go wrong.
“Everything went to crap in 90 minutes. “It’s apparent that we didn’t play well against Morocco,” he added on Twitch.
“I saw it positively. Right now I am calm and satisfied with what we have done. We generated enthusiasm and desire to see the national team.
“We have seen it. Many young people and children came to see us at the hotel. We could do better, I am aware, but I tried to take the best players and those who embodied my ideas.”
The former Barcelona boss came under scrutiny for his squad selection ahead of FIFA’s top tournament, with questions over his preference to play Ferran Torres and not call up a traditional striker option.
The inclusion of Sergio Roberto and Eric Garcia led to further debates over the La Roja squad, though Luis Enrique has no regrets over his decisions.
“It consoles me that the same thing happens to others. I don’t enter the debate. I respect it,” he continued.
“I make the decisions with my staff. Nobody makes recommendations to me, nobody from the press has dedicated even 10 per cent of the hours that my staff and I have dedicated.”
Manchester United, now managed by Erik ten Hag, were previously reportedly interested in Luis Enrique, who will wait for the new season before considering his next move.
“I want to continue training at a club to develop what I did in the national team,” he added. “That has been a dream. This stage is over. I’ll wait for the start of next season.”