Luis Enrique was the great winner of the Eurocup on the Spanish side. It had been a long time since a national coach had received so much criticism before starting a final phase. Since he gave the summoned list, where he left out players like Sergio Ramos, Nacho Fernández or Iago Aspas , the doubts and debates did not stop, but the Asturian did not change his plan, he went to the end with his idea and has managed to come out tremendously reinforced from this quote. It is true that with the bad taste in the mouth of not having been able to reach the grand final, but with the conviction that the line that this selection is following is the correct one.
Now, Luis Enrique looks to the future and has two appointments ahead. The first, next October in Italy, when Spain will play the final phase of the League of Nations together with the transalpine team, France and Belgium . The second, already in winter 2022, in Qatar. An atypical World Cup, since it is not played in summer, where the National Team can do great things, although for this the Asturian has to outline several details.
What to do with Sergio Ramos
It was the great absence from the squad list. The captain missed the Eurocup due to injuries. Although it is true that when the tournament began he was already recovered, in 2021 he has practically not been able to acquire a competitive rhythm. Luis Enrique decided that he would stay at home, but now he will have to decide whether or not to return for the September list.
Shore up defense
Laporte has come to stay. If Sergio Ramos returns to the list, he will also have a leading role. But the defense has left doubts. Spain has suffered a lot behind for the little that they have created in this European Championship. Getting stronger defensively will be key to doing great things in the future. Luis Enrique is happy with the defenders who have played this tournament, but he does not lose sight of others who may be cited in the coming months or who have not been due to injury. It is expected that Carvajal will return, Nacho and Albiol will try to maintain the level and young people like Miguel Gutiérrez, Real Madrid’s left back, or Porro are on the coach’s preliminary list.
Unai, goalkeeper of Spain
He came to this tournament with many doubts, but it seems that there is no debate. Luis Enrique opted for the Athletic goalkeeper and football has proved him right. Unai Simón is Spain’s starting goalkeeper and will be, unless his level drops or another figure emerges in the coming months, for a while.
Ansu Fati and his knee
One of the things that worries in the Spanish selection is the knee of Ansu Fati. Before getting injured he was the most differential player of the Spanish team, but he did not recover and could not be in this European Championship. Now, he is still convalescing, although Luis Enrique hopes that he will finish healing and regain his level. If it does, Spain will have a great footballer at its service.
The figure of the forward
Luis Enrique came out against Italy without a pure center forward. He bet on the figure of the false nine that gave good results, although the tie came with the entry of Morata. For the future, Spain has to continue to strengthen the offensive front. Iago Aspas is always an option, although in the future men like Rafa Mir, Dani Gómez or Abel Ruiz have to step forward. The Juventus attacker, Spain’s top scorer in the Euro Cups, will remain fixed if he maintains the level.