Best Spanish Managers of All Time (Part 2)

Luis Enrique

It could be said that Luis Enrique’s most important time as a manager came not as he managed Barcelona to trophies, but in his tactical decisions and strategy.

He wisely stepped down from a fight with Lionel Messi, allowing the Argentine talent to move to the right of the front while Luis Suárez moved on the central role, creating a more transition-based approach that appropriate for his attacking players and started the transition from an era of more possession-based football built around talent Xavi, who was older and about to leave the club.

These decisions had a huge influence as Enrique had led the way for Barcelona to a famous position in his first season with the club, a domestic double of league and cup in his second campaign at the edge and another Copa del Rey title in the third.

Enrique’s coaching career is still in its early stages. Before taking the Barça job, he managed their B team, having an underwhelming season with Roma in Serie A, and had a wonderful year with Celta Vigo.

How much more he can get to win remains question. Enrique is currently having a year off field after retiring from Barça at the end of the 2016/17 season, but we expect to see him return in the dugout next year.

Luis Aragonés

While it has been criticised, Tiki-taka was once a term used to celebrate the style of play predominant by the Spanish national team as they won consecutive European Championships from 2008 to 2012, and won the World Cup in 2010. The man influences the first victory, and the spreading of the style, was Luis Aragonés.

That achievement was considered as his most important, but long before Aragonés finishes the decades of Spanish underachievement he got several major honours and title being Atlético Madrid manager.

Having scored over 100 league goals for the club, he was appointed as the managerial post immediately upon his retirement as a player. He led the team to win La Liga in 1977, one cup and one Intercontinental Cup.

Aragonés had three more seasons with Atlético, achieving two more Spanish cups, as well as a brief season at Barcelona, before accepting the national team job in 2004.