Spain women's national coach Tome acknowledges communication mistakes in team selection

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Spain Women's Training - Oliva Nova Sports Center, Oliva, Spain - September 20, 2023 Spain coach Montse Tome during training REUTERS/Pablo Morano/File Photo

GOTHENBORG, Sweden (Reuters) - The new coach of Spain's women's national team coach on Thursday acknowledged "communication mistakes" after a standoff with players that followed a furore over former Spanish football federation president's allegedly unsolicited kiss on a player's lips.

Montse Tome, speaking ahead of a match against Sweden in Gothenborg, was asked about players denying they had spoken to her ahead of the announcement of the squad for the match.

She said there had been a misinterpretation of her words and that she only spoken with some players, not all.

Tome also said had not heard players say they do not want her and her team as their coach.

"I am confident in our work and want this situation to be resolved," Tome said.

(Writing by David Latona in Madrid; Editing by Charlie Devereux)

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