With a brand new era of younger expertise able to take over from the outdated guard, there are causes to be optimistic for followers of Spain this yr. Might La Furia Roja declare a second World Cup title in Qatar?
Spain vs. Costa Rica (November 23, 16:00 GMT)
Spain vs. Germany (November 27, 19:00 GMT)
Japan vs. Spain (December 1, 19:00 GMT)
Spain vs. Costa Rica H2H report: Performed 3, Gained 2, Drawn 1
Spain vs. Germany H2H report: Performed 25, Gained 8, Drawn 8, Misplaced 9
Japan vs. Spain H2H report: Performed 1, Gained 1
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion), David Raya (Brentford)
Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Actual Madrid), Pau Torres (Villareal), Jose Gaya (Valencia), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester Metropolis), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid) Rodri (Manchester Metropolis), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Pedri (Barcelona), Gavi (Barcelona), Carlos Soler (Paris Saint-Germain)
Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Marco Asensio (Actual Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Yeremy Pino (Villareal), Ansu Fati (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao)
The one main loss for Spain within the harm division is Actual Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal.
The 25-year-old ruptured his cruciate ligament again in March, and whereas he has returned to coaching together with his membership, Spain supervisor Luis Enrique clearly felt it was too quickly to be taking a big gamble on the winger’s health.
Sergio Busquets has been tasked with controlling the midfield for Spain for nicely over a decade now, nevertheless it could be time to confess that the Barcelona legend’s powers are starting to wane.
Manchester Metropolis star Rodri now holds the important thing to creating this Spain facet tick, offering the defensive cowl and funky head that can permit the likes of Pedri and Gavi to roam extra freely.
Pedri will flip 20 whereas on the World Cup, simply two days after Spain’s opening group recreation.
Regardless of his tender years, the Barcelona midfielder has already proven he has the ‘it’ issue. His performances may make the distinction for Spain this yr.
He may not be flavour of the month at Barcelona, however Spain’s success at this World Cup may hinge on how nicely Ferran Torres performs.
For all of the technical ability this Spain squad possesses, it lacks pure goalscorers. With Alvaro Morata the one striker within the squad, Enrique wants his inside forwards to ship the products. Torres might want to add to the 13 objectives he is scored for his nation to date.
At 24 years of age, Olmo has constructed up fairly the repute at RB Leipzig and a switch to one among Europe’s largest golf equipment is definitely on the horizon within the close to future.
Earlier than that, he’ll be seeking to create possibilities for the likes of Torres and Morata in Qatar. With such an absence of clear purpose threats within the squad, robust technical attackers like Olmo will have to be on prime of their recreation.
Enrique appears pretty set on a typical 4-3-3 formation – maybe to accomodate all of the Barcelona gamers that make up his squad.
The personnel appears to vary recreation by recreation, however we are able to make an informed guess at what a Spain lineup will seem like in Qatar.
Spain predicted XI: Simon; Carvajal, Guillamon, Torres, Gaya; Rodri, Koke, Pedri; Olmo, Torres; Morata.
Spain aren’t in horrible type by any means, however their current outcomes spotlight their potential shortcomings.
Whereas their 2-1 defeat to Switzerland in September is their solely defeat within the final yr, Spain have been compelled to scrape to slender victories in a variety of matches and had been held to a draw by the likes of the Czech Republic, highlighting their lack of ability to attain objectives persistently.
Spain’s final 5 outcomes (all competitions)
Portugal 0-1 Spain
Spain 1-2 Switzerland
Spain 2-0 Czech Republic
Switzerland 0-1 Spain
Czech Republic 2-2 Spain
It has been ten years since Spain final received a serious trophy, and sadly we do not suppose that barren run can be coming to an finish in Qatar.
Luis Enrique’s facet is stuffed with great technicians and passers, and will definitely be able to controlling video games. Sadly, it is simply very laborious to see the place the objectives are going to return from on this facet.
Alvaro Morata is hardly famed for his consistency in entrance of purpose, whereas Ferran Torres is coming into the match on the again of some really dreadful type.
Spain ought to get out of their group, nevertheless it’s laborious to see them difficult for glory this yr.