La spanish team he goes on vacation at the head of his League of Nations group. Return in September to try to stand in the Final Four that will be played from June 14 to 18, 2023. Two games, Swiss in Saragossa and Portugal in Braga, they have the key. And they will be the last door that opens the selection before the list of the qatar. “Now it’s time to meditate. There are 45 or 50 players with whom we work,” explained Luis Enrique in Malaga. But each time his block is more defined and with fewer questions, beyond those that mark the injuries and the final number of players that can be taken to Qatar. If there are more than 23, it will be with the condition imposed by the coaches that there are no discards.
Clarity in the goal
Absolute change compared to the World Cup in Russia. In a position that usually has continuity, Luis Enrique has changed it entirely. De Gea, Kepa and Reina they have disappeared. Since 1978, only in 2002 and due to the injury of Caizares, already concentrated Spain, did not repeat at least one of the goalkeepers of the previous World Cup. The bet is absolute for Unai Simon (22 official matches in a row as a starter), the same as for Robert Sanchez and David Raya. The turn faced is not to return to the past. No changes are anticipated. “I have three starting goalkeepers,” repeats the coach.
Two for the ‘2’
Azpilicueta and Carvajal are the owners of a position where there are fewer options than on the other side of the field. They are two players in full maturity. The Navarrese, who must solve his future these weeks, has triggered his weight in the team on and off the field. Madrid, without the shadow of injuries, is indisputable in the call. Dani is looking for his first final phase at 100% after being alone in Russia, and very depleted.
Laporte is the boss
He has not been on this list as he underwent surgery for a minor knee problem. But it is clear that Aymeric Laporte going to be the hood of the Spanish defense. eric garca, discussed by much is untouchable for the selector. As is Iigo Martnez, the best behind in Malaga. The group of plants with which Luis Enrique Account is completed by Pau Torres and Diego Llorente. Depending on the number on the list, both can enter. The selector’s lists make it clear that no other roads are open right now. Nacho, Mario Hermoso, Sergi Gmez or Unai Nez (this one with Robert Moreno) have briefly passed through them. the return of Sergio Ramos It’s out of focus right now.
The left side is the hottest position for the number of players who opt for it. No one can take being in Qatar for granted. Jordi Alba has arguments to be the most optimistic. Then they appear Mark Alonso (He is going through a complicated stage on a personal and professional level) and gay (out of this list, but Luis Enrique’s hard core). Behind them, Reguiln, Angelio, Grimaldo, Javi Galn, Cucurella…
The only position in which Luis Enrique has not tried beyond Busquets and RodrYo. When he gave the captain a rest in March, he did not call anyone with a similar profile and played with Koke of 5 in Riazor in the 5-0 to Iceland. They are the pillars of the idea. Only Rodri remains as the player who has been on all the Asturian lists.
Pedri and Gavi
The interior area has many candidates and fights, but it is also already very limited. Pedri, out due to injury now, is indisputable and it is expected that after this year of injuries he will arrive in Qatar perfect. Gavi is not that he has knocked on the door, he has destroyed it. He has played in all four games this window and since his debut he is the most used outfield player. They say that the second year of professional is one of the hardest, but apparently we are dealing with a player who knows little about stereotypes. Koke I have long since recovered the lost space. The versatility of Mark Llorente reserves a seat for you in Qatar on a flight on which Carlos Soler and his goals have put Mikel Merino in serious trouble. If there are more places, Thiago he has put his head back in, although he had to leave injured, and if Ceballos manages to play can at least oppose.
The good level of the Balearic has returned to give him options. But the coach warned him again after the match in Malaga. “We like him, and he knows it. The handicap is that in that area there are people who haven’t been able to come who contribute less in some things… but more in others.” At the top of that list will be Mikel Oyarzabala fixed Luis Enrique but whose serious knee injury places the calendar in a limit situation for him to reach Qatar. Yeremy Pino is the other competitor for that position in the band. Sarabia (every time with more goal and more fixed), Ferran and Dani Olmo they are way ahead. Far behind he stayed adama.
Ansu is another level
It deserves a separate chapter. He is the only outfield player who hasn’t played a minute. It was the plan marked with ansuwho has not played with Spain since October 13, 2020. Luis EnriqueAnd I didn’t want it in the field, I wanted it on a day-to-day basis. Because Ansu is fixed for Qatar from the moment that the coach already considers him a “healthy player, without any pathology”.
Morata and another
The 7 is the example of what Luis Enrique he asks his forwards. Headline is little. He has grasped by heart what the center forward of the national team has to do, which is not to score goals as an exclusive function. game by game, bruise he has become one of the essential players to understand what this team plays at. Who his competition will be in Qatar is up in the air. Beyond the multiple options to play false 9, Tom’s Ral He has regressed in these games. He was a starter in Prague and didn’t come close to what he does bruise. Yes Gerard Moreno Forget the injuries (September 4th will be one year since his last match with Spain) he will be safe in the plans. From there it is difficult to find other battering rams that fit with what Luis Enrique demands of his ‘9’.
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