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Soccer News of Thursday, 21 May 2020

Source: MyNigeria

Playing behind closed doors is sadder than dancing with your sister - Luis Enrique

Spain national coach, Luis Enrique has stated that playing football behind closed doors is “sadder than dancing with your own sister”.

The 50-year-old former Barcelona manager stated this in reaction to the resumption of football leagues across Europe.

Football action which was shut down in Europe since April due to the COVID-19 pandemic are looking to resume again in June.

However, such can only be done with games played behind closed doors and without fans.

“Playing behind closed doors is sadder than dancing with your own sister,” the Spain boss told Colgados del Aro, before adding: “You have to understand that football is a business – and it will help to pass the time during lockdown.

“I, if I was still a player, would like to start again as soon as possible. I am not afraid.”

The former Barca manager also spoke about his admiration for those who have inspired him throughout his playing career.

“I have always said that [Louis] van Gaal was the best or one of the best coaches I ever had,” the Gijon native said.

“But over time I have realised that [Javier] Clemente (former Spain boss), through the energy he created and also his tactics, reached a new level.

“If he told me 'go through here, go through there', if he told me to throw myself in front of something then I would. I would have thrown myself in front of whatever was necessary for him.

“So yes – and this is the first time I've said it – I would like to have a lot of Javier Clemente's qualities as a coach.”

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