Elche, Spain - Spain's identity crisis looks to be well and truly over after Marco Asensio inspired a 6-0 thrashing of World Cup runner-up Croatia in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.
Defeat to Russia in July prompted a change of coach and doubts about the Spanish passing style but after an impressive win over England at Wembley, Luis Enrique has now overseen a demolition of Croatia too.
Asensio's two long-range shots, the second cannoning in off goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic, had Spain three up before half-time in Elche, after Saul Niguez had earlier headed home.
Croatia, abject at the back, was no better after the break.
Asensio first threaded Rodrigo Moreno through to finish before supplying the corner for an unmarked Sergio Ramos to nod in number five.
Isco then flashed a sixth into the top corner, again Asensio the provider.
Two victories in four days mean Spain sit top of League A's Group Two, with a six-point gap over both Croatia and England, who play each other in Rijeka next month.
Asensio was the star, his goal and trio of second-half assists fully justifying his start ahead of Iago Aspas.
But Saul, who shone against England, was excellent too in midfield, departing to a standing ovation at the Estadio Martinez Valero, in the town where he was born.
For Croatia, this was a humbling loss that leaves the current crop open to questions about how it sustains momentum following that superb run in Russia.
Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, still at the top of their games, embraced Real Madrid and Barcelona team-mates in the tunnel and Croatia started brightly, with Ivan Santini missing two decent early chances from close range.
Enrique hails perfect start
Enrique described it as the perfect start after the win.
"It would be very easy to say that this is my Spain, generating many chances and conceding few goals, but the truth is that I am changing things very fast," Enrique said.
"This week everything was perfect."
"Comparisons with the World Cup and tonight do not make sense," Enrique said.
"Today we were very effective and everything went wonderfully well. They had an early chance, they didn't take it and then we played brilliantly and scored some great goals."
Croatia coach said, "We cannot cry about it, we have to improve."
"What happened has happened, all their chances have gone in and it is better that it happened today than later.
"After the first goal we were not so focused, we tried to do things too fast and started to abandon the system.
"That is not a solution against Spain, who plays well at home, who likes to dominate the ball. After the second goal, the match was over for us."
Spain's Marco Asensio (left) celebrates with Dani Ceballos after scoring against Croatia at the Manuel Martinez Valero stadium in Elche, Spain, on Tuesday