Luis Enrique claimed after being eliminated against Italy that he put an outstanding on the performance of Spain in the Eurocup and added that it would have been “high” if they had reached the final. The role of Spain in the tournament has had ups and downs, but the final sensation left by the national team is that of a team that has shown its face and has competed at least as far as it could be required. Next we put individual notes to the members of the Selection.
The Athletic goalkeeper has been at the height of the goal of Spain. Luis Enrique opted for him and restored his confidence with performances that were worth victories. His serious mistake against Croatia was compensated with his subsequent interventions. Against Switzerland he was the hero in the penalty shootout and against Italy he stood out again by stopping a penalty against Locatelli.
David de Gea · Not rated
The United goalkeeper has not played a single minute in the tournament. However, his gesture with Unai Simón at half-time will be remembered, as it qualifies him as a great teammate. That detail showed the union that exists in the group.
Robert Sánchez · Not rated
Despite the fact that at the beginning of the concentration Luis Enrique thought about giving him ownership, the truth is that in the end it has remained unpublished. He was going to make his debut in the friendly against Portugal, but Laporte’s physical problems left him with honey on his lips.
Marcos Llorente Approved
He started the tournament as the starting right-back, but lost his place on matchday three of the group stage against Slovakia . The Atlético footballer complied, although he could not shine and display the power he is accustomed to in the Metropolitan.
César Azpilicueta · Good
The Chelsea captain managed to snatch Marcos Llorente’s place in the eleven. The team gained strength and confidence thanks to its seniority. Inside the dressing room he is considered to be the captain in the spare.
Aymeric Laporte Notable
The center-back is one of the most prominent players for Spain in the European Championship. It has been fixed for Luis Enrique in the rear and has been at a good level at almost all times. He was singled out for Lewandowski’s goal on matchday two, but made up for it with his goal against Slovakia.
Eric García · Good
It has shown that it is present and future. The Barcelona center-back has alternated ownership with Pau Torres . His presence in the eleven helps a Laporte who could play in his natural profile. Eric has fulfilled in a difficult position despite his youth and little experience. He started against Italy.
Pau Torres · Good
He was Laporte’s companion at the beginning of the tournament, but he saw Eric García win the game against him in matches against Slovakia, Croatia and Italy. Perhaps he has lacked forcefulness in some actions, but he has shown that he has a level for the National Team.
Diego Llorente · Not rated
The Leeds defender is the only outfield player who has not played minutes in the Eurocup. He had to abandon the concentration for a false positive, which put the entire team in check.
Jordi Alba · Notable
The veteran Barcelona player had to put on the national team’s armband after Busquets was positive. Jordi Alba has started in all the games except Croatia and in all of them he has been at a very high level. He scored Spain’s goal against Switzerland.
José Luis Gayá Approved
Gayá has barely played a match in the tournament. He did it against Croatia and could not finish it due to muscle discomfort. It was very difficult to compete for the position of a Jordi Alba in great shape.
Sergio Busquets · Outstanding
He had to lose the first two games to Sweden and Poland due to his positive for coronavirus. His return to Slovakia changed the national team both on a football level and on a mental level. He was the MVP of the matches against Slovakia and Croatia. The chief and captain of Spain lived up to the legend that he is.
Koke Resurrection Good
The Atlético captain has been a starter in all the Euro Cup matches. Koke has been one of the pillars of the team providing seniority and leadership. However, he lacked success in the face of goal when he reached the rival area.
Rodri Hernández · Approved
The City midfielder was chosen by Luis Enrique to fill the vacancy of Busquets in the first two games. He complied, but did not stand out. The coach has used him as a refreshment in the playoffs. He missed his shot in the penalty shootout against Switzerland .
Thiago Alcántara Approved
He has not enjoyed the minutes that could be expected at first from a player of his talent. The Liverpool man has not started any game as a starter and his appearances have been testimonial.
Pedri González · Outstanding
One of the great revelations of the Eurocup . His match against Italy enshrines him as one of the most remarkable players on the football scene. At just 18 years old, he has started in all the games and leaves the Eurocup being the man with the most kilometers traveled. It is his duty to look more at the goal, since he has not signed any goal or any assistance.
He has not had many opportunities and when he has had them he has not taken advantage of them. Fabián has seen how Koke and Pedri have won the game. It was the discard against Switzerland and he ran out of minutes against Italy. It was not the Eurocup I expected.
Dani Olmo Notable
He was the best against Italy in the semifinal, although his performance was clouded by the failure of the penalty in the shoot-out. The Leipzig striker started as a starter, but saw tough competition with Sarabia and Ferran sending him to the bench against Croatia and Switzerland. He will be one of the leaders of the National Team in the coming years playing on either side or false 9.
Pablo Sarabia Notable
The big surprise on the list and Luis Enrique was not wrong. He entered the eleven in the game against Slovakia and held on until an adductor injury forced him to stop. The one from PSG has scored two goals in the competition.
Mikel Oyarzabal · Good
The Real Sociedad was the novelty in the starting eleven against Italy. Oyarzabal has contributed to the team entering from the bench, but when his great opportunity arrived he did not take advantage of it, missing some clear chances.
Gerard Moreno · Suspense
He reached the European Championship as the top scorer in Spain with 30 goals. However, he has not been able to extend his good end to the season with Villarreal in the National Team. He missed the penalty that could have given the victory against Poland and failed against Switzerland, missing very clear chances.
Morata · Good
The great protagonist of Spain in the Eurocup. Luis Enrique opted for him as the starting striker despite criticism and his lack of success. He had to watch the La Cartuja crowd whistle against Sweden and hear the runrún after missing a penalty against Slovakia. However, he vindicated himself with a great goal against Croatia in extra time. Against Italy he was a substitute and scored the tying goal. However, he will be remembered as the footballer who missed the penalty that condemned the National Team. He surpasses Fernando Torres and is the top scorer in the history of Spain in the European Championships.
Luis Enrique Notable
He risked and won. Luis Enrique comes out of this Eurocup strengthened after having made a young and author team that despite doubts has lived up to the challenge. The coach has not moved from his 4-3-3 and has known how to play the keys that the National Team needed in each match.
Some personal bets like Laporte or Pedri have proved him right. Busquets, Pedri and Unai Simón are some of the most outstanding players of Spain in the Eurocup. The incorporation of the captain after his positive changed the team. Gerard Moreno, Thiago or Fabián are the negative notes of the tournament. The one from Villarreal was not able to contribute his scoring ability. Luis Enrique approved with flying colors and was strengthened after creating a group with great personal bets.