LThe feeling after the final was not one of extreme sadness, but one of pride and hope. Because Spain has returned to compete with the best after many years outside the elite. And he has done it with a generation of players who have something for the future. Spain entered the tournament with the lowest average age of all participants, averaging 25.2 years and calling up soccer players who don’t even have a driver’s license. Gavi (17 years old) and Yeremi (18) were two of the main weapons of Luis Enrique in this tournament in which the selection comes out strengthened in the mood and sending a message to all his rivals: “We are back.”
With a style of play even more radical than with Luis Aragons and Del Bosque, the selection, based on the control of the game, is once again in the elite. After three competitions without going beyond the eighth (World Cup in Brazil, Euro in France and World Cup in Russia) Spain again rubs the titles. In the Eurocup he took a step forward sneaking into the semifinals, where he fell better against Italy in the penalty shootout. In this tournament, Spain has reached the final after winning in the group stage to Germany, Switzerland and Ukraine and knock Italy down at San Siro in the semifinals. Only France in the final, and due to a decision by the VAR, was able to defeat the national team, which despaired of France and took the title thanks to a genius from Benzema and the saves by Lloris, who saved his team from shots from Oyarzabal. and Yeremy down the stretch.
But Espaa It is again among the best and the players know it. “We compete well and we have shown that we are a team with a lot of personality”Azpilicueta said at the end of the game, convinced that the future to come will be even better.
Because Spain appeared at the Nations Cup without players like Morata, Gerard Moreno, Pedri, Dani Olmo, Ansu Fati or Marcos Llorente, which speaks of the potential that this selection has.
“I’m going to have a lot of problems making the next squad list, because all the players have been wonderful,” Luis Enrique said at the end of the game, insisting on the message that he has been sending in recent times: “I have a list of at least 40 players who can come, because the important thing is the idea of the game and the team,” said the coach , happy with the step in front of the team and with irruptions like Gavi’s.
Focused on getting into the World Cup
Luis Enrique and his family will have to face a new challenge in just one month. And it is that they play to qualify forthe 2022 World Cup in Qatar in a double duel against Greece and Sweden. Morale is through the roof and the national team is beginning to regain its European status, but the danger of not achieving first place and being forced to play a dangerous preliminary is entirely real.