Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Spain aspires to have fun with its children in ‘Territorio Rubiales’

The weak Cyprus should be a toy for the new Spain of Luis de la Fuente. After beating a bone like Georgia in Tbilisi, La Roja faces the bottom of the Cyprus group this Tuesday in Granada, with four defeats, looking for a new victory to consolidate the second position that gives direct access to Euro 2024. The leading leader, Scotland, would still be far away, although on October 12 he must visit La Cartuja in Seville.

De la Fuente has given a fresh air to the national team and the duel against the Cypriots is a golden opportunity for these puppies to consolidate themselves. Lamine Yamal, with the precocity record in his pocketcould debut as a starter, while on the left Nico Williams would be placed.

The ‘brothers’ on the left

The young man from Athletic can form a tandem charged with electricity with his ‘brother’ Alejandro Balde on the left. They are both very friends, they even spend summers together, and their understanding should be total. There is no better rival to play with the ‘rookies’ and keep them rolling.

Balde rested in Georgia, so he aims to start. In reality, the defense is the line that can suffer the most rotations. Even Unai Simón could rotate and leave his position to Kepaalthough it seems more difficult.

Balde, upon his arrival at La Roja with his ‘brother’ Nico Williams @sefutbol

Azpilicueta, Pau Torres and Balde headlines are emerging Carvajal, the Laporte and Gayà headdress. Le Normand could be the only one to remain in the eleven without ruling out David García.


In the core, Rodri is the leader of the team, with Fabián Ruiz in a spectacular moment and the change would come with the entry of Mikel Merino or Baena for Gavi, who has faced this window bruised by the blow to the ear suffered against Osasuna and who also received a lot of fire in Georgia.

Lamine Yamal celebrates his goal with the senior Spanish team against Georgia RFEF PRESS

As for the attack, the bands can be for both children: Lamine and Nico Williams. Ferran Torres and Yéremi Pino entered the list due to injuries to Dani Olmo and Asensio, although it seems more likely that the players who started the training camp will be starters. Morata, author of a hat-trick in Tbilisi and Joselu They dispute the point of attack.

Full in Los Cármenes

The Los Cármenes stadium will be filled with nearly 20,000 spectators and a good atmosphere is expected. Although Granada is a city close to the former president, Luis Rubiales, from neighboring Motril, no plebiscite is expected in the stands.

It was already seen in the open-door training in Las Rozas, where the fans forgot about all the institutional controversy. When the team arrived at the concentration hotel, everything was cheering for the internationals. There were banners, but in favor of Gavi or Morata. No shadow of Luis Rubiales.

Some fans at the doors of the Hotel de España in Granada Sport

In the last precedent in the Andalusian town, In 2021, the match was played without an audience due to Covid and Spain tied with Greece (1-1). To date, this has been the only puncture in a Nasrid fiefdom in history, with a balance in eight games of seven wins and one draw.

Dismissal of Clemente

Cyprus is the fourth time playing in Granada yeIn the first two games they came out comprehensively beaten with 7-0 (1971) and 6-0 (1995). In reality, the Cypriot team has only beaten Spain once in eight matches. It was in 1998, in their 3-2 victory that meant the dismissal of Javier Clemente as a selector. The other seven games have ended in Spanish victories.

Archive – Alvaro Morata celebrates a goal with the Spanish team Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse via ZUMA / DPA – Archive

Therefore, Spain has everything ready to add three new points and have fun to a hobby that is beginning to realize that the change of cycle is a reality. The UEFA Nations League title was a turning point for the team to grow and this qualifying phase for the 2024 Euro Cup has been straightened out quickly.

De la Fuente, for the first time since he arrived in March, faces a game without being questioned and wants to strengthen its credit so that stability in the field is total. The one from the offices will show that it will still take a while to arrive.


Spain: Unai Simón, Azpilicueta, Le Normand, Pau Torres, Balde, Rodri, Mikel Merino, Fabián Ruiz, Lamine Yamal, Morata and Nico Williams

Cyprus: Mall, Karo, Laifis, Roberge, Antoniou, Kyriakou, Kousoulos, Charalampous, Anderson Correia, Kastanos and Sotriou

Referee: Simone Sozza (Italian).

Stadium: New Los Carmenes

Hour: 20.45

Television: La1


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