Not even the much desired comeback of Luis Enrique deserved so much turbulence, nor his satisfactory substitute Robert Moreno should never leave with tears through a dark passage of the Metropolitan. Beyond the reasons of each party, it was the Federation that was responsible for avoiding such a sainete. But Luis Rubiales, arrived at the offices of Las Rozas from the football union, has not been characterized by his diplomacy. Theirs is a permanent combustion framework. Accustomed to frentismo, in 18 months of Rubiales mandate all the hornets have been agitated: Lopetegui, Thebes, Adidas, futsal, the women's league, Mediapro, Miami, Saudi Arabia … A penultimate fray was missing, this time with an enthusiastic coach who arrived, in a way he never wanted, the opportunity to oppose the elite after years of fellow with his "friend" Luis Enrique.
Although an alleged tantrum of Moreno is used, Rubiales, much more skilled in extreme circumstances, has lacked tact to manage the crisis. No tino and temperance to calm your technician. Even if he was already aware of the alleged sudden incompatibility between Moreno and Luis Enrique. The reappearance – so humanly celebrated – of the Gijon is not discussed. And much less the power of a president to choose the coach on duty. But everything requires a few steps, maximum transparency, knowing the board by heart, being receptive to the sensibilities of others and operating with the fixed idea of safeguarding the institution that is represented above personal crusades. Only in this way would the happy resurgence of Luis Enrique and the blissful flight of his ex-disciple be celebrated today.
Rubiales said Tuesday that it was Moreno who broke the rope by "demanding" that his situation be clarified. As much as it could be argued that with his poor graduation he was not in a position to require anything, it is understandable that the Catalan technician wanted to know his future immediately. Especially when the echo of Luis Enrique was already deafening. So offside, Moreno must have felt that he even said on Sunday that he looked yes or yes in the 2020 Euro Cup. According to Molina, sports director of the federation, he had already anticipated the facts before he showed himself in press conference convinced of its presence in the European. Moreover, Moreno came to extol his confidence in Rubiales and Molina. Therefore, it is not very credible that hours before he had been exposed to such a crude situation that he ended up unleashing his distress and final restlessness. Moreno was so dejected that on Monday morning he left in writing his desire to clarify his role so as not to interfere with Luis Enrique's return. Message that Rubiales read in his appearance over and over again. It was the perfect alibi to unload on Moreno and accelerate the return of the Asturian coach, his true and legitimate commitment. And not only because of his promise that the Barça coach would return to Las Rozas as soon as he was available.
From the split flops in Norway and Sweden in mid-October – days before the Rubiales-Molina-Luis Enrique appointment in Zaragoza – there were murmurs about Moreno in the federation. After a slight soccer downturn in his two clashes, there were already those who wanted to see him as an apprentice too permissive with the demands of the internationals. On the ground, Rubiales found the best possible response from Luis Enrique at the time of greatest doubt about Moreno.
Open the option of replacing the Spaniard, Rubiales did not hesitate to specify the return. In his explanation on Tuesday he got tangled up about it. On the one hand, the return of Luis Enrique was a word given since his unfortunate departure. However, Moreno was only transferred some time later that it was “an option to value”. Literally: "The possible possibility of assessing if Luis Enrique returned". Value what, an automatic return was not agreed? Asked about it, Rubiales rambled as much as before the confused and contradictory Molina, stammering when he was reminded that on Sunday he confirmed Moreno in the European Championship before a group of journalists. Fact that also corroborated in private. If Rubiales sought to accentuate the “transparency” that he proclaimed so much, Molina did not support him, prone to shortcuts that are not understandable no matter how much the position forces him to some confidentiality.
For now, waiting for the verb of Luis Enrique and Robert Moreno, the last disturbance with the federation in between reveals the new procedure in Las Rozas, where a president lives in a ring that does not shy away from anyone. A president so willing to hand-to-hand combat that if today he has to act as a firefighter-arsonist in this crisis, it is due to his sudden appearance last Friday in the mixed area of Carranza. Rubiales was looking for a speaker for a chest blow in his eternal war with Javier Thebes. He had just won a judicial pulse for the frustrated game in Miami. And at a delicate moment, because he, Rubiales, was losing by a win against public opinion with his Super Cup in Saudi Arabia. He was able to celebrate the victory against the president of LaLiga, but, unexpectedly, the Moreno case broke out. When asked about his renewal – he concluded a contract after the European Championship – the manager cleared the ball. An unequivocal signal that Moreno was not a Praetorian. The matter entered into such a drift that the federation ran out of bridles and dragged Luis Enrique and Moreno himself. Rubiales, nothing conciliatory – he left the mess to Molina – found an escape route in a private message from Catalan. And he, indeed, took a side step with a slam and left the day after his lawyers. Rubiales, with Moreno's momentary silence, had the expeditious path to expose his story without a reply from others involved. "It has not been resolved smoothly, but coherently," he concluded to himself. He forgot that Luis Enrique deserved something else. The same as Moreno – who nothing behind him with another club – and the federation itself. Better would go to Spanish football with more "softness" and less trenches.
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