A change of coaches has worked wonders for Spain.
Spain struggled for goals at the World Cup, exiting to host Russia in a shootout in the round of 16. But under new head coach Luis
, La Roja handed 2018 World Cup runner-up Croatia its worst defeat in its history with a 6-0 victory on Tuesday in the UEFA Nations League.
With wins over England (2-1) and Croatia, Spain takes the lead in Group A4 at the end of the first of three windows during which
the Nations League group play will be played. Marco Asensio
led La Roja with one goal and three assists. He also had a shot that banged off the crossbar, hit the back of the head
of Croatia goalkeeper Nikola Kalinic
and went in the goal for an own goal. Saul
, Sergio Ramos
Saul, Rodrigo and Asensio
are part of Luis Enrique's youth movement that also includes Dani Ceballos
and Jose Luis Gaya
. World Cup 2010 champions David Silva
, Andres Iniesta
and Gerard Pique
all retired after Russia 2018.