The Spanish team returned to play in their second post-hiatus opportunity due to the pandemic to demonstrate on the field of play the generational change they are making Luis Enrique. With several novelties in the call, the match against Portugal left lights and shadows in the Red.
Good news and some regular in a team that faces in the coming days a new day of the UEFA Nations League that will measure them at Switzerland and Ukraine.
The best of the National Team against Portugal
Against the selection of Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Enrique’s team left a good image despite the score of 0-0. One of the big news was the initial start, with a Siege of the Red in the first 20 minutes match that revealed the physical and offensive potential of Spain.
With Dani Olmo, Gerard Moreno and Rodrigo and a midfield formed by Busquets, Canales and Ceballos Initially, the selection was a gale but without fortune in the face of goal.
The best news of the night was the debut of Adama Traoré. The Wolves giant played the last half hour of the game and it was almost the best of the night. From his boots the clearest encounter was born although Olmo did not find the aim to score the goal that would have meant victory. The strength and speed of the young man from Hospitalet are called to be two fixed coincidences in the next calls.
From the general conclusions of the clash against the Fernando Santos team comes another of the great news of the night: in Spain there are many quality players.
Luis Enrique’s last call-up included many new faces and young players who are called to be the immediate future of the national team, with an eye on the Eurocup postponed until 2021, a tournament that will mark the generational change and the end of the international career of some of the most important players of the last decade. Los Reguilón, Ceballos, Dani Olmo, Campaña (which debuted with honors) or Traoré, they personify the future of La Roja.
What needs to be improved
In the same way that the initial gale is great news in terms of speed, determination and offensive potential; It is worrying that none of the eight occasions in the first leg of the game ended in a goal. The lack of precision has to improve if Spain wants to be at the top again.
Likewise, that avalanche of the first minutes and almost the entirety of the first part in general was seen worn out in part two, where the selection seemed sometimes disconnected, at least until the entrance of Traoré.
Spain ceded control to Portugal in the second half and the Portuguese team was about to win the match on two very clear occasions. A disconnection that cannot be allowed in an official match if you want to aspire to achieve titles again.
In general, the team was compact, but the changes in the second half destabilized the team, giving air to Cristiano Ronaldo, an essential figure in Portugal, a type of player that Luis Enrique’s team lacks.