“Win and win and win and win again, that’s football,” he said. Luis Aragones at a press conference when he was coach of the Atlético de Madrid. Just what you have to do Spain versus Germany in The Cartuja from Seville. There is no other. Only three points are worth to be in the final phase of the League of Nations. After leading the group since the second day, in the fifth the team led by Luis Enrique lost this privilege after drawing against Switzerland, although she has the peace of mind that she continues to depend on herself to be in the next phase.
Spain comes to this match with more doubts than certainties. This has been happening to the national team for a while. If the League of Nations began with a promising draw against Germany and a great victory against Ukraine in Madrid, what has come after is not so positive. Triumph with an extra dose of suffering against Switzerland at home, defeat with very bad fortune and lack of goal against the Ukrainian team in Kiev and a draw in Basel in a bizarre match where Sergio Ramos, who had 23 penalties in a row hitting, missed two maximum penalties and those of Luis Enrique could only get one point at the end. It does not respond as well as everyone’s team is expected, especially in the scorer section. And it is that it costs him a lot to get the ball into the opposite goal.
However, now that the Federation celebrates the tenth anniversary of the World Cup in South Africa, where we touched the sky, and after the internationals in the preview of this match saw a documentary that will be released on December 31 in which that appointment is remembered for history, Luis Enrique’s team hopes to be inspired by that legendary group to recover a winning gene lost in recent times against Germany. The coach already warned him after the match against Switzerland, and the game against the Germans is an all or nothing where winning would mean qualifying for the final phase and, incidentally, obtaining a dose of confidence that surely does the Spanish team good.
The doubt of the goal
For this encounter, one of the doubts will be in the goal. After two starts from Unai Simón, logic suggests that David de Gea will be the goal that defends Spain’s goal against Germany, but the reality is that Luis Enrique has repeated over and over again that his three goalkeepers – Kepa is also there – can play and, seen what is seen, it is. Of course, if he opts for this momentous appointment for the Athletic goalkeeper, we could begin to think that there is a new starter in Spain.
In defense, nothing new is expected with respect to the last game, since it seems difficult for Gayá, who received a strong blow to the head against the Netherlands, to start, while in the center, with Busquets absent due to injury, Rodrigo will be in the cut with Fabián y Canales or Merino in the making. And above, everything indicates that Morata will be the benchmark forward.
Offensive potential, not defensive
Germany leads the last match after beating Ukraine 3-1 in the last match. Those from Löw are worth both the draw and the victory against the Spanish team, although they will try to storm Seville to achieve the pass to the final phase of the Nations League in a big way.
Spain, which has many problems to score, faces a rival who does not know how to avoid them. And the fact is that Germany has conceded a goal in all their previous group matches, three against Switzerland, a sign that behind it is where it can have the most weaknesses in a team also immersed in a new project since its hit in the last World Cup.
In the rest of eleven, the most probable thing is that the madridista Toni Kroos will return to the title, who did not get dressed against the Ukrainians, to direct operations in a midfield where there will not be another key player like the injured Joshua Kimmich. Above, the threat is a toned Timo Werner, author of four goals in this League of Nations and accompanied by the overflow and daring of Sané and Gnabry.