The season in Spanish men's soccer closes, far from finals or titles, with the most interesting match of a decaffeinated qualification phase, for the Eurocopa 2020, with fair competition and diluted interest among signings, summer sports and other tasks properly summers. The Spanish team receives this Monday (20.45 h.) At the Santiago Bernabéu to Sweden, second in the group F, with the leadership at stake and with the aim of closing as soon as possible the ticket to the European multi-venue next summer.
After winning comfortably in the Faroe Islands (1-4), Luis Enrique's Spain, temporarily without the coach: "We are living up to date with this situation, we hope it will be in the next call, but it will be your personal situation that will mark it.", Moreno clarified; continues his way in search of the block that recovers the signs of identity of a style with which one returns to fight for the titles.
Between the distribution of minutes announced by the coach of Spain, and the higher difficulty of the stake, Spain will be at the Bernabéu with a very recognizable eleven that has been forming during the season, under the leadership of Valencian Dani Parejo, who has settled with firmness in the position of interior, next to Busquets, next to a third member of the core that is the only position with more doubts than certainties in this team, for which the favorite of the coaching staff is Isco, as he showed Robert Moreno with a plea in defense of the Malaga, defenestrado during the season at Madrid: "If Isco were not Spanish, he would have to be nationalized.", he repeated twice. "I do not know if he would play in the Sweden national team because they play very straight, but it's ideal for our style of play & rdquor;, expanded later.
A defined block
Despite the debate in the goal, Kepa led the second unit in Feroe and De Gea maintains, for the moment, the confidence of the coaching staff. After the initial ups and downs, which elevated Gayà as an alternative, Jordi Alba is more than settled in a defense with Carvajal, Ramos and Íñigo Martínez, for now the tenant of one of the few positions that still hang. In attack, despite being the line with more irregular performance, the awakening of Morata at Atlético has finished settling with Rodrigo Moreno and Real Madrid Asensio, a bet that remains firm despite his disappointing season with his club.
The Swedish team, which has evolved a lot from the World Cup to a game with more prominence with the ball, has accumulated seven games without losing and has found young people to support their development. It is the only obstacle for Spain in a placid qualifying phase, the only rival for two places of access to the Eurocup to which the rest of the teams of the group have very difficult to access, especially after the tie this week between Romania and Norway , the two aspirants to worry about the fight to play next summer.
The Nordic team arrives in Spain with the losses of Granqvist and Lindelof, their two best centers with an abysmal difference to the rest, and, presumably, with the same eleven with which they beat Malta (3-0) in the match between week.
On September 5, in Bucharest against Romania, football will return for the national team, already in the 19-20 season.
Spain: From Gea; Carvajal, Ramos, Íñigo Martínez, Jordi Alba; Parejo, Busquets, Isco; Rodrigo, Morata, Asensio. Technical: Robert Martinez Dock: Kepa, Sergi Roberto, Beautiful, Cazorla, Fabián, Oyarzabal, Aspas.
Sweden: Olsen; Lustig, Jansson, Helander, Augustinsson; Claesson, Ekdal, Olsson, Forsberg; Quaison, Berg. Technical: Janne Andersson. Dock: Johansson, Durmaz, Milosevic, Krafth, Larsson, Guidetti, Isak.
Referee: William Collum (Scottish).
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu. 8.45 hours.
(tagsToTranslate) Sweden football team (t) Eurocopa (t) Spain football team