At 2:45 a.m. on March 27th, Beijing time, an international friendly match is about to kick off. The Matador Spain is at home against the underdog Albania. Due to the large gap in strength between the two sides, the goal of Enrique’s team in this game is also very clear, that is, to achieve the effect of training as much as possible.
In history, the two sides have played against each other 7 times, and Spain has won all 7 games. Spain were in a group with Albania in the 2018 World Cup budget match, when Spain won 3-0 at home and 2-0 away.
Aspect 1: “Civilian” Spain intends to train troops
The current Spain has lost the championship halo of the year, and now Enrique’s team can only be described by the word “civilian”. Despite this, there have been many very promising new stars emerging in the matador in recent years. It is precisely such a team that, under the training of Enrique, the last European Cup and the UEFA Nations League had outstanding performances. In the previous world preliminaries, the Spaniard also came from behind after a poor start, beating Sweden to take the top spot in the group. At this stage, Spain has reached the Qatar World Cup finals, and when it comes to the international match day, Spain’s friendly match has only one purpose, that is, to train troops and run in the lineup.
Aspect 2: How to adjust the matador striker combination
From the lineup point of view, the weakest part of Spain is the striker, including Ferran Torres, Morata, Saravia, De Thomas and Pino are not first-class strikers. From this perspective, what Enrique needs to do before the World Cup is very clear is to find the most suitable attacking combination. After all, Morata was in the national team from time to time, and other players were not as good as Morata in terms of fame or strength. In addition, the Barcelona genius Fati is still recovering. In other words, Enrique still needs to use his brains in the selection of the team’s attacking line.
Aspect 3: Fish belly opponent is a target?
Albania also has a lot of players who play in the five major leagues, but they are still only a third-tier team in Europe, largely because they lack a superstar who can lead the team forward with personal ability. Judging from the previous World Preliminaries, the characteristics of the Albania team are also more obvious. They have a higher win rate when they encounter teams that are not stronger than them, and basically have no competition when they encounter teams that are stronger than them. Ability, as in the previous games against England, Poland and the Czech Republic, Albania was completely unable to compete. From this point of view, against such a strong Albania may become a target for Spain on the field.
Enrique: For me and the players, the two games against Albania and Iceland are not friendly games because we have eight games before the World Cup and we have no other dates to prepare for. I will try to make the most of the time I have, the game against Albania is very important for me. Behind the skepticism of the outside world, we have a group of young and experienced players who can face any opponent. I hope that at the World Cup we will be contenders going into the final stages of the game, we are eager to compete, we are eager to be a tough opponent.
Spain (4-3-3): Simon/Alonso, Laporte, Pao Torres, Carvajal/Rodri, Pedri, Garvey/Morata, Saravia, Olmo
Albania (3-4-3): Strakosha/Gimsiti, Ismaili, Mafraj/Ramadani, Abrahi, Rosch, Hisay/Barre, Baraj, uzuni
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