Immersed in a technique of regeneration after being the instance of the planet ball with the succession of two European Cups (2008 and 2012) and a World Cup (2010), Spain nonetheless claims its soccer of the contact and go, of possession and a recreation extra virguero than bodily. It occurs, nonetheless, that the interpreters are now not these of yesteryear, as Xavi, Iniesta, Villa, Piqué and Casillas, amongst others, gave technique to some younger individuals who don’t push so fiercely, even when they weren’t in a rush to say the yours in qualifying. Another factor will likely be within the Eurocup, the place the group should vindicate itself with out leaders on the pitch and with critical difficulties within the areas.
During the qualifying part, Spain lived with anguish and disappointment the goodbye of Luis Enrique, who needed to take refuge in his household as a result of his daughter died after an sickness. Then the bench was assumed by his second, Robert Moreno, who continued with an analogous guess, primarily based on the 4-3-3. “In the band he used to tell me: ‘We’re playing well!’ That was a pride. If you watch the last two games, against Romania and Malta, the team flowed, the ball went at great speed, with chances and goals, ”Moreno acknowledges. But from the Federation they thanked him and little else because when Luis Enrique asked again for the time, Moreno was fired because he no longer wanted to be a second man but to continue with his career.
“In my groups, I’m the chief,” said Luis Enrique when he arrived at Barça, later contradicted by Messi. But, smart because he knew how to redirect the situation, the coach led the team to his second triplet (2015). Now, however, he is being called upon to act as a beacon, especially because he ultimately decided not to summon Sergio Ramos, who was inactive for much of 2021. A decision, not to summon Ramos, which leaves Spain without any player Real Madrid, since Asensio and Lucas Vázquez are injured and Nacho is not to the liking of the coach. It remains to be seen how Pau Torres (Villarreal) respond, as well as Laporte and Eric García (City) as keepers for Unai Simon (Athletic), now that De Gea no longer plays. Perhaps that is why Luis Enrique has tried 4-1-4-1 in the last stakes, even 4-2-3-1.
But Spain is still a team of means that guarantee possession of the ball, no matter how much they have left to find the ramp to the goal, since there are no longer points like Torres or Villa. But that’s what Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) is for, who has exploded at age 29 and has five goals in ten games with La Roja. It is a reduced Spain, but difficult to decipher until you know if the pieces fit or not.
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It may not have the name of Fernando Torres or David Villa, strikers who made an era in the national team, also on the football planet. But the late emergence of Gerard Moreno (29 years old) has led him to the top of Spain, a striker who has signed 30 goals and distributed another 11 assists this season. Capital for Villarreal because with seven goals -two in the final against Manchester United; one in regulation time and the other in the penalty shoot-out – he helped to conquer the Europa League, now he is facing his first major national team tournament. With unmarked and intelligent movements, generous in effort and with the ball at his feet, he has a radar to gain position and hole the shots. Spain depends, in part, on your aim.
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The Federation hired him after the failure in the World Cup in Russia to lead Spain to Euro 2020, but along the way the serious illness of one of his daughters took him away from office for a few months. He returned without having lost energy or strength: the first thing he did was to do without his heir and former assistant, Robert Moreno. His pulse did not tremble then and it has not trembled now by leaving Sergio Ramos, the captain and footballer with the most caps, off the list. He has not changed his spirit or his habit of climbing on a scaffold to observe tactical exercises from above. And only the pandemic has modified another of his routines: he will not be able to escape the concentration by bicycle to add kilometers on Strava. Send the health bubble.
Trajectories in the European Cups
- Top scorer: David Villa (59)
- Player with the most appearances: Sergio Ramos (180)
- First goal of the selection in the Eurocopa: Luis Suárez, in France 1960
- Best place in the European Championship: Champion in Spain 1964, Austria and Switzerland 2008, and Poland and Ukraine 2012
- Best place in the World Cup: Champion in South Africa 2010
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