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Robert Moreno
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Job Spanish Football Coach
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Club as Coach Monaco FC [Head Coach]
  Spain National Team [Head Coach]

2019 06 08 Retrieve

[Spain assistant Robert Moreno said he has remained in constant communication with Luis Enrique and insisted the absent head coach is still in charge of the team] I have been in contact with Luis all week as we prepared for this game. I spoke to him before the game about the line-up for today and we discussed tactics for the threat of the Faroe Islands. We maintained contact throughout the game, and we have a courier delivering messages to him at full-time. I am here for as long as I am needed, but Luis remains manager of the team.

[Moreno revealed the support for Santi Cazorla is so widespread in the team that even the head coach sent a message of support for the midfielder] We are very happy with the return of Santi. Even Luis has sent us a message congratulating him. We know of his quality, what he has done today is of incredible merit

2019 06 10 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno says David de Gea’s time as Spain No.1 is not over] We don’t think the De Gea period with Spain is over. But Kepa had an incredible end of the season - champion of the Europa League with great performances. In this concrete moment, we thought that Kepa could help us in a better way. The competition is now on. When you have something easy, you get relaxed, and that’s not good. The competitiveness is also good in goal.

It’s not just about one single thing. We already watched Kepa play quite well in the Europa League, so you could already guess he was in good shape. But we had to check it in the team. I talked to Luis Enrique on Friday, right before the game, and we chatted about it. And after the game, we decided to keep him in the lineup. It’s not one concrete moment when we decided it, but we started commenting the lineup a long time ago, and then when you have all the info on your hands, that’s what gives you the last push to take the decision

2019 06 11 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno is hopeful Monday’s 3-0 win over Sweden is the last game he will be required to fill in for the absent Spain coach Luis Enrique] What I want most is for this to be the last time I have to be on the touchline.

We do not see a lot of foreign football in Spain. If you see the season finale, he had options to start. We also have Pau Lopez, three goalkeepers who give us what we want. [Kepa is in a] sweet moment. In life you need a good time and Kepa comes from that, from being a Europa League champion. Of course, we are in search of a fixed group, but it would not be good to have one [starting] team. You need more than 11 players. There are injuries that can happen, generating competition enriches the group.

In the end you have to make decisions, but we always do everything with the best in mind for the team and for Spain. I do not know when the change of Kepa was decided. I spoke with Luis Enrique about this on Friday, and it was decided to keep the goalkeeper. A couple of weeks ago we started thinking about it, then we saw the training, and with all the data we made the decision to keep Kepa.

2019 06 11b Retrieve

[Spain assistant boss Robert Moreno explained that the number one spot is still up for grabs] We don’t think the De Gea period with Spain is over. But Kepa had an incredible end of the season - champion of the Europa League with great performances. In this concrete moment, we thought that Kepa could help us in a better way

2019 06 19 Retrieve

[Luis Enrique has stepped down from his position as Spain head coach, with his assistant Robert Moreno taking over on a permanent basis] I want to thank you [the RFEF] for placing your trust in us. It’s a bittersweet day. I didn’t expect to be the head coach this way. We are going to try to continue the high-level work that Luis started

2019 06 29 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno says Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi makes football look like the Matrix] Leo is the greatest of all time. I didn’t see Pele or Maradona play live, but Messi is incredible just in the training sessions. The perfect professional. Some believe it’s just a natural gift but he’s one of the first to arrive at training, who looks after what he eats. Being the greatest for so long and with so many titles, he deserves even more credit. In terms of interpreting his style of play, with Luis Enrique we made a comparison and that was comparing him to the Matrix. It’s like the scene stops, everything is in slow motion, and he passes the ball. Leo sees things that way on the pitch. He analyses and looks at what is happening. He searches for space to receive the ball and get involved. With every passing year, he gets even better because he understands the game so well.

[Former Barca boss Louis van Gaal has suggested that an all-time great is not a team player. Moreno is not buying that, adding on the assessment of an outspoken Dutchman] It’s tough because I admire Van Gaal for what he’s done but I also admire Messi a lot. Van Gaal focuses on the collective idea but if you try to force pieces to put your system it’s a mistake. You need to look at what’s available to you and create a collective system. We, with Luis Enrique, thought that the rest of the players should adapt to what disruption Leo generates out on the pitch. He could move into areas where no one else could but the team must be prepared to defend should he lose possession. With one person it’s easy to coordinate things. With five, less so, which is what Van Gaal was referring to

2019 08 20 Retrieve

[David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga could be made to share Spain’s number one shirt, with neither player guaranteed a starting spot under Robert Moreno] My goalkeepers are De Gea, Kepa and [AS Roma’s] Pau Lopez. I like that there is competition. Kepa is not ahead of De Gea, and neither is ahead of Pau. I want to get to the Euros with three goalkeepers who are ready to compete. They are all playing at a high level and there are nuances and differences between them. All three have good footwork. At Barca, we won the treble alternating goalkeepers

[Luis Enrique was forced to leave the role for family reasons] He wants total privacy. There is little else I can tell you. He’s fighting. Our friendship goes beyond the professional field. If at any time I have questions, I have the freedom, as long as the circumstances allow, to ask them. I learned from him how to deal with players. Learn how they think, what they want, what they need. Books do not explain it to you. He put me by his side and taught me all that

2019 09 03 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno says he would be happy to step aside if Luis Enrique wants to return to the role of Spain head coach] It’s a very recent situation and we’re not going to talk about that. I consider Luis a friend and friendship comes ahead of everything else. If one day he wants to return, I will be happy to step aside and work with him

It has been a difficult week. We’ll try to give some tiny joy away from a very bad moment. It’s the only thing we can do.

[Moreno, though, says there is no problem in rotating goalkeepers and is happy to see competition within the team] I think the competition is good. I don’t think there is a fixed goalkeeper here. The important thing is that they are first-team choices in their teams. We then analyse our opponent and see who plays. At Barca, we won a treble [in 2015] with Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Claudio Bravo both playing

2019 09 03b Retrieve

[Spain coach Robert Moreno has challenged Ceballos to produce club consistency] What I want is for him to play, the important thing is that the players have minutes. I’m not going to get into Madrid because [coach Zinedine] Zidane is the one who decides there. I want him to play many minutes now at Arsenal

2019 09 03c Retrieve

[Spain coach Robert Moreno is hoping for great things from Pablo Sarabia, who swapped Sevilla for Paris Saint-Germain in July] I think that Sarabia is a player that, having seen him in the position where he performed at Sevilla and PSG, can add many things because he is a forward with the spirit of a midfielder. He can create between the lines and make assists. He also scores goals. When you don’t have a forward that scores 80 goals you need five that score 15 goals each. That is what we look for from our forwards, not only to add to the game but to score goals. That is the ideal scenario. Pablo did great in Sevilla last year. He is also performing well in PSG. He has the profile that we like for the style of game that we will try to impose. He is one player more for us now, hopefully he will be lucky enough to make his debut in the next games

2019 09 04 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno insists Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Romania will not carry the pressure of a debut in the dugout] I am excited, I do not take it as a debut. I already felt like this last time, the games against Sweden and the Faroe Islands, but I want to arrive, want to do well in a very difficult game. Any game we win will be important. Winning tomorrow we would have 15 points, but we would not be qualified. Until we are qualified there is nothing to celebrate. We want to be first [in the group] because it is important for the draw. Being first or second affects you later. Our goal is to make 30 points. That is the idea

[Rodrigo Moreno is yet to find the net for Valencia in La Liga this season, but his national team boss has been impressed with his efforts since joining the squad] I have seen Rodrigo Moreno in perfect form. We have been training for two days and I have found him as usual. He is a very professional player, I think he is a good person, he has been very respectful during the whole [transfer market] process seeing him from outside. He will be in perfect condition with us, if we thought otherwise we would not have brought him

It is a week of too much bad news. I want to send all the love for your family, everyone knows what she meant for Spanish sport. It’s a shame

2019 09 05 Retrieve

[Romania vs Spain. Former boss Luis Enrique having announced last week that his daughter had lost a battle with illness. Even before the first training session overseen by new coach Robert Moreno there was a poignant minute’s silence held by the national team staff] It’s been a difficult week. We’ll try to give some small joy at a very bad moment. It’s all we can do. I consider Luis a friend and this friendship comes before everything else. If he wants to return one day, I will be delighted to step aside and work with him

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno says Kepa Arrizabalaga is not Spain’s undisputed first-choice goalkeeper despite a recent string of starts for La Roja] I don’t have a starting goalkeeper. It may or may not change. I keep the same message. All three are of the top level and I really want them to make my decision difficult. The three have trained at a very high level. I will not say if one is my preferred goalkeeper or not

We must be honest and say that every team deserves respect. Thinking of scoring six goals is not football. We are going to try and score a goal and then, if we can, a second, but always with maximum respect

2019 09 09 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno dedicated Spain’s 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands to his predecessor Luis Enrique, who stepped down from the role as head coach before his daughter’s death at the end of August] It upsets me to talk about it, but this team is his [Luis Enrique’s] more than anyone. It is a tiny thing, but we wanted to dedicate it, especially here in El Molinon

I leave very satisfied. It is a privilege to have a scorer like Paco Alcacer, who is very good in the area. But Rodrigo has also scored two others, and I am happy because the two have succeeded. Alcacer increases competition, and you have to score a goal every game [to compete with him]

[Moreno also paid tribute to Sergio Ramos, who equalled Iker Casillas’ record of 167 appearances for Spain on the night] There are several ways to get into the national team. First, do well with your clubs, and then do well and do your best when playing for Spain. It has been a good week, because it increases internal competition. And that is very good for the national team, although it is more difficult for me to choose

2019 09 16 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno talk about seeing Ansu Fati score one and assist another in a 5-2 victory over Valencia on Saturday] It’s not an issue which I am in control of. People at the RFEF are working on that to get Ansu [to play for Spain] and it will be the player’s decision. The RFEF are working on having the best players

[Moreno added on the impact being made by a teenage forward] It’s great for Barca, a player that’s come from La Masia. There has to be patience though and I hope there is

2019 09 20 Retrieve

[Spain coach Robert Moreno on Ansu Pati] People at the RFEF are working on that to get Ansu [to play for Spain] and it will be the player’s decision. The RFEF are working on having the best players

2019 10 04 Retrieve

[Spain coach Robert Moreno expects Real Madrid and La Roja captain Sergio Ramos to play until he is 40] Everything he is achieving is incredible. He gives everything for us, in the gym, in the locker room, on the pitch. I always see in him a spirit to improve in everything. His behaviour with us is extraordinary. He will beat Iker Casillas’ record [of Spain caps] because he wants to play until he is 40 and I think he will succeed as he is incredible in every way

2019 10 11 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno says Ansu Fati could be named in Spain’s squad for Euro 2020] Of course I would like Ansu to be here. We had him in the pre-list. He has broken the system of the age groups. We believe it is important to have players who have a goal. If he starts scoring goals and breaking out we will not give up having such a player with us. All good guys are welcome. Ansu has shown many things. Of course it would be feasible for him to be at the Euros

[La Roja have won all five games they have played since he first took over in March] I had not thought about it. They have neither spoken to me nor do I want them to talk to me. We are focused on getting 30 points. It does not give me any value to be told about it. This is a lot of fun and every week something new appears to entertain you. I am happy with how things are going. I have not seen them yet in losing. Hopefully we can secure qualification, I would like to do it by winning all the matches

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno says appearance record-breaking Ramos has much more joy to give Spain] Ramos’ record is incredible. And he still wants to compete, win titles. I want to congratulate him publicly and hopefully he can give us joy for much longer

[Bournemouth striker King struck from the spot after Kepa Arrizabalaga’s clumsy challenge on Omar Elabdellaoui saw referee Michael Oliver point to the spot] I’m left with a bad feeling because when you concede an equaliser at the end it is not good. We tried to have the ball and control, and in the last minutes we had to kill the game. I liked the attitude of the team, but not the first half. In the second half we have tightened up more, we generated opportunities to score the second goal … but in the end the control has been lost

[Spain will have another chance to secure qualification when they travel to play Sweden on Tuesday] We are going to try to win in Sweden, and we are going to try to score 28 points [in the group campaign] since we will not be able to get 30. Norway have been very strong, and played with the ambition of a team that still has options [to qualify]. They go crazy when there is a team that has nothing to lose, and that’s what happened to Norway

[Spain’s line-up to face Norway included players from 11 different clubs] We have many players from many teams. I would love to have seven players from the same team, who will play together every week … but that is not the case. It is a statistic that I did not know, but it means we have many good players in many good teams

2019 10 13 Retrieve

[Spain coach Robert Moreno also paid tribute to Sergio Ramos’s appearance record post-match but was similarly annoyed by the result] Ramos’ record is incredible. And he still wants to compete, win titles. I want to congratulate him publicly and hopefully he can give us joy for much longer. I’m left with a bad feeling because when you concede an equaliser at the end it is not good. We tried to have the ball and control, and in the last minutes we had to kill the game. I liked the attitude of the team, but not the first half. In the second half we have tightened up more, we generated opportunities to score the second goal…but in the end the control has been lost

2019 10 15 Retrieve

[Blow for Man Utd as De Gea limps out of Spain qualifier] David De Gea made a great save in the first half and it is wonderful to have three great goalkeepers. He was suffering from pain in his abductor muscle but he received treatment at half-time and he wanted to keep playing. He gave us his word but, in the end, he couldn’t continue

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Spain head coach Robert Moreno says there is no reason why Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati could not be in the squad for Euro 2020] Ansu Fati is in the preliminary list and so there is no reason why he can’t be with us at Euro 2020. He ticks all the boxes.

Dani Olmo enjoyed a great tournament with the Under-21s [at this year’s European Championship] and he’s doing well for his club in the Champions League. We’re very happy to be able to give him this opportunity

Gabriel Paulista is processing his passport but right now he cannot be called up. When he gets his Spanish passport, we’ll see. There are a lot of very good players but only 23 are able to make the squad. Out of a list of 45 players, we end up selecting the 23 who we think will do the best

[The 42-year-old wants to remain at the helm as far as the 2022 World Cup, but he says there are no plans for talks over a new deal] I haven’t been offered the chance to renew and nor am I expecting it to happen in the near future. If you were to ask me how long do I expect to be in the job - I would like to still be here for the Euros and the World Cup - so at least for one whole period. But that will depend on the results, that’s how it is for all coaches

2019 11 15 Retrieve

[Spain boss Robert Moreno hails exceptional Cazorla after former Arsenal star scores first international goal in four years] What Santi’s achieving, his form, after what he went through for nearly three years with his terrible injury problems, is exceptional. Without guys like him and Raul and Sergio it’s hard to win tournament semi-finals and finals. The contribution of people like Santi, Sergio and Raul - the generation who have already won tournaments - is incalculable. They have such quality and it’s hard to win tournaments without their kind of experience. They’ve accumulated things that they not only contribute in performance but transmit to others

The gap between ‘big’ international sides and so-called lesser nations is closing - it’s very equal now across the board. We worked really hard on opening things up, on finishing, because we knew we wouldn’t have it easy. Playing well like this and scoring lots of goals is always very welcome. The easiest thing in the world would have been for my players to accept three or four-nil and drop their level. But we hit seven and could easily have scored 10 - that says very good things about their mentality. I note that the players are remembering what I told them the last time we were together and the time before that. We are apart for weeks or months but the momentum is growing so that they put into practice what I asked of them previously. That’s good. We think it’s pretty historic that both Pau Torres and Dani Olmo both came on and scored with their first touch. It’s been decades since two subs came on and scored on their debuts

2019 11 18 Retrieve

[Robert Moreno has overseen six wins and two draws since first taking charge of Spain in March and the head coach has been happy with his side’s progress] When you give all you have in order to get everything and you can see the players do that as well, so you can just give 10 out of 10. Results sometimes are complex and I think we have done a really good job, my mum says that when she watches us on TV and I agree with her. I am giving my staff and my team 10 out of 10 as I couldn’t ask more from them

[Moreno is wary of Romania, who are third in the group and have secured a spot in the play-offs] I don’t think it will be easy, I think it will be even more difficult because when there are teams playing for something there is some pressure, which sometimes is bad for the team. Romania are not playing for anything as they have secured a place in the play-offs, so that will make them a more dangerous opponent. I would like Cosmin Contra to continue coaching Romania. He is doing a good job. I think he is a good coach. If he wants to keep coaching Romania I think it will be good for the country

2019 11 20 Retrieve

[No easy way for Spain to move on from Robert Moreno and re-appoint Luis Enrique] They’ve thrown me away, they’ve thrown me away […] I consider Luis a friend and friendship comes before anything else in life because without it, I think you lose what it means to be a person. So if the time comes when he decides that he wants to come back and be coach, whenever that might be, and he wants to be involved with us, then I would be the first and most delighted to step aside and go back to working with him

I don’t need to sit down with Rubiales or Molina. They have always trusted me and told me things to my face

2019 11 20b Retrieve

[Robert Moreno insists he has a clear conscience after his stint as Spain head coach ended with Luis Enrique’s return to the role] I have a clear conscience. It is impossible to please everyone, but I sincerely tell you that I respect all and all opinions. I have always maintained that I am a man of my word and would not be an obstacle in the event that Luis Enrique decided to return. I have done so even though it has meant my departure. I wish him well because his joys will be ours

[Referring to the extreme situation in Luis Enrique’s personal life that led to him taking charge, Moreno said he wished he had never been required to become coach] My experience as an absolute coach began and ended in the same way, with a bittersweet feeling. I have to look forward and face new challenges as a coach in my passion, football. I am prepared to face the challenge of leading new projects

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[Former Spain coach Robert Moreno has insisted Luis Enrique’s ugly claims that he was disloyal and ambitious are unfair] I don’t want to go into reproaches, but I have been personally attacked and labelled with something that I am not. In this puzzle, my pieces are missing. Nine years ago, I started working with Luis Enrique. We have always followed him, being faithful, until he reached the national team

Nobody knew for how long he would be out, but what we all did know was, if there was a possibility for him to return to the national team, our staff would have to stay. So, I stepped up and took charge of the team. If I had not done so, now Luis Enrique would not be coach of the national team. It would be another coach

[Moreno said he was left in a state of shock for a week after learning Luis Enrique did not intend to make him assistant again] To this date, I honestly don’t know why Luis Enrique doesn’t want me to be with him. I don’t know as he was not clear in his news conference. He labelled me with two adjectives [disloyal and ambitious] that are very ugly and that I don’t deserve. I have proved over the whole time I worked with him that I am not like that. The years will pass and I will still not know. He could not explain it - or I could not understand it according to what my people have told me, as I did not watch the news conference myself

[Preferring to look forward, Moreno reiterated his desire to continue a career as a head coach] I have just started. I am really excited to be back on the pitch, to handle training sessions, to manage a team, to make decisions, to attend news conferences. I’m really looking forward to it. It has always been my passion to become a head coach. I am someone who started from the very bottom but was able to reach the top level

2019 12 30 Retrieve

[New Monaco boss Robert Moreno keen to move on from Luis Enrique spat] I spent nine wonderful years at his side. I only have thanks. What happened a few weeks ago is already in the past. I have been a coach for 28 years. Since I was 14, I have been training and now the important thing is this presentation. The past is there, but you have to leave it behind

[Moreno has never previously managed a professional club but insists he is aware of what it requires to be successful] I have always been involved in the whole training process. I used to do all that before, so my processes will not change. I will give the talks, analyse the opposition, talk to my players. I am used to this. We all want to win and to achieve the best for the club. Our main objective here must be to improve every day. If we do that we will be able to reach our main aims

[Monaco have been tipped to bolster their squad ahead in the January transfer window] I will not make it public - that would be disrespectful to my players. Monaco have a large squad but we have to be attentive to the market to find good players. But I am not going to highlight particular positions [to strengthen] in public

2020 01 24 Retrieve

[Monaco coach Robert Moreno confirms Slimani injury] Slimani is injured, his leg hurts, his quadriceps hurts. The doctor is monitoring his progress. He is not fit for training. As I said on Monday, as long as the transfer window is open, there is the possibility for each player to leave. We have to be prepared for that.