Road to Euro 2020 : Spain Team Analysis
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Spain’s biggest news for the EUROs come in the form of Sergio Ramos and Aymeric Laporte. The Real Madrid captain has struggled with injuries this season that rules him out of the tournament, whereas Laporte has switched allegiance from France to Spain.

The former two-time winners will enter the competition for the first time without an active player from Real Madrid and it looks like one can expect something new and different from Luis Enrique’s men. The former Barcelona coach has shortlisted 24 names in his squad.






Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Robert Sanchez, Unai Simon

Defenders: Aymeric Laporte, Jose Gaya, Jordi Alba, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Diego Llorente, Cesar Azpilicueta

Midfielders: Marcos Llorente, Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Pedri, Thiago, Koke, Fabian

Forwards: Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Gerard Moreno, Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres, Adama Traore, Pablo Sarabia

 

Luis Enrique will have a lot of thinking to do when employing his formations but it seems like the standard attacking 4-3-3, which has done wonders for Spain in the past two decades will be the way to go. 

Manchester United’s David De Gea is likely to have some competition from Unai Simon, who has been one of Spain’s best goalkeepers in recent times since his rise to glory in Athletic Bilbao colours. The young goalie is full of energy, strength, reflexes and resilience to perform at the highest levels.






Spain possess a treasure trove of defensive abilities in the form of youngsters Pau Torres, Laporte and Eric Garcia. Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta are veterans in the fullback positions, likely to play a major role in manning the wings with their mix of defensive and attacking abilities. 

Spain’s midfield is no more led by magicians Iniesta and Xavi, but by their ex-Barca teammate Sergio Busquets, who alongside Koke is a leader figure to lead the brain of the team from the centre of the field. Thiago, Rodri and Pedri possess innate talent to hold the midfield and spark creativity respectively. Rodri experienced a wonderful season at Manchester City, whereas Pedri’s Barca season has been no less than magical as he broke his way through into the first team. However, fortunes have been different for Thiago who hasn’t hit the heights expected at Liverpool.






Just like the midfield, the attack is poised to be the key area for Spain, who have been without a consistent performer at the highest levels of international football since the time of Fernando Torres and David Villa. Manchester City’s Ferran Torres ended his Premier League season on a high note and will play an important role alongside Wolverhampton Wanderer’s Adama Traore and Villareal’s Gerard Moreno in spearheading Spain’s title run in the competition. 






If Spain unlock a line of understanding between the midfield and attack, opponents can face the wrath of some of the most creative players in European football. 






Spain sit in Group E with Poland, Slovakia and Sweden. Poland and Sweden will be out to cause upset to Spain, who are lucky enough to play all their games in front of home fans in Seville. While Spain are not as strong as they used to be, they have a talented squad capable of going all the way to the finals.

Players to watch: Ferran Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Pedri Gonzalez


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