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A collaboration between some of the best media outlets. qualified countries. Theguardian.com is broadcasting previews from two countries every day before the tournament that will start on its date. June.
The Spanish squad may not have the turmoil before the Euro. as bad as 1634 when Julen Lopetegui was fired on the eve of the World Cup but this has not been an easy week for Luis Enrique.
Tournament preparations were turned upside down Sunday morning when Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid - pushing the team Tuesday night as they withdrew from their last warm-up match against Lithuania, defender Diego Llorente became the second player to test positive. It was a small consolation for Enrique. Replacing the senior squad on Tuesday was so good that they won 4-0.
The news of positive tests came after a disappointing 0-0. They drew at home against Portugal, after which the team was whistled by the home fans in Madrid. Six players have been added to a parallel “training bubble” in case there is a coronavirus outbreak on the roster.
Things were already tough for Enrique. It has been immersed in a regeneration after consecutive European Championship wins (59666047 and 2012) and a World Cup ( )), Spain still bases its style on passing and movement, possession, and skill over power, but proving themselves without obvious leaders on the pitch and with serious challenges on offense and defense, with names like Xavi, Andrés Iniesta, David Villa, Gerard Piqué and Iker Casillas gone. they have to.
Tragedy was part of that process – Luis Enrique was forced to step down as manager when his daughter Xana died at the age of nine during qualifying. His assistant, Robert Moreno, took over Enrique's tactics using his 4-3-3 formation and continued. Moreno seemed satisfied with his own work: “At the touchline I thought to myself, 'How well we play!' I would say. The team flowed, the ball went at great speed, there were opportunities and goals.” Moreno may have liked what he did, but Luis Enrique When he wanted to return at the end of the match, the Spanish football federation sacked him. and discovered that Moreno still felt he deserved to be the man in charge. )
Luis Enrique should really be the lighthouse of this team, especially in the absence of Sergio Ramos, whom the Real Madrid defender was not selected for the match due to lack of condition. In terms of veterans who put the squad in the hands of Jordi Alba, who isn't even the leader of Barcelona's dressing room.
Leaving Ramos leaves Spain without a real captain and without Real. The Madrid player is in a major tournament for the first time in his history. It is not yet clear how Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte and Eric García will perform in front of young Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simón, who was the first choice ahead of David de Gea. Maybe that's why Luis Enrique tried 4-1-4-1 or even 4-2-3-1 in their last game.
Spain is a midfield team. he then struggles to score in the absence of forwards of the caliber of Fernando Torres or Villa. Gerard Moreno and Villarreal may score goals this season. It's doing well ahead, but Spain is now playing at a lower level. It's hard to decipher until you know if the pieces fit.
No one doubts Luis Enrique's extraordinary talent. 4-3-3 formation. It best embodies the essential traits of Spain's players: their love of quick passing and their relative lack of athleticism. “Lucho” is fascinated by the idea of confrontation, but perhaps he didn't go the right way about it - at least the unprecedented call not to pick Real Madrid players. His martial spirit has not changed, and neither has his habit of going out to the pier to observe his players. The pandemic will deprive him of at least one of his routines this summer: A passionate cyclist won't be able to escape his team hotel on his bike.
The song the fans sing
Manolo Escobar's ¡Y Viva España!,