GGo to Cyprus 1-3 at home is little more than completing the procedure the team had before. It’s not a plus or something out of the script. However, the path the team has taken since June Luis de la Fuente Yes, it put Spain several steps above the drop they suffered in Qatar when they were eliminated in the round of 16 by Qatar.

Temuri Ketsbaiacoach of Cyprus, crossed unthinkable boundaries when MARCA asked him if, after playing Spain twice, he considers them equal to Francia, England or Portugal. “It’s not that it’s the best team in Europe, it’s the best in the world. It’s the clear favorite to win the Euro. What’s more, I think it’s a better team than the one that 2008 to 2012 I won everything. Why? Because she is more dangerous on the flanks and doesn’t want to take the ball into the net with touches.” Big words.

Cyprus 1-3 Spain: summary and goals | Eurocup qualifying round (J9)

This comparison does not allow for debate, at least for now. But it is true that the sensations conveyed by the team took a radical turn in just a few months. And that’s not easy. In fact, it is impossible without a well-established foundation.

This is where Spain’s strength appears, recovering credits and positions on the world football scale. The conquest of League of Nations It was an impulse to play a piece that was needed. I said it Rodri in the De Kuip press room the day before winning the final against Croatia: “‘The title would be very important to have a winning mentality in future tournaments.’

It was achieved and what were doubts and clouds became certainties and lights. De la Fuente established the block in September and October, tied the classification and created a block which is very clear today.

Luis de la Fuente: “I think there is always room for improvement…”

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Based on this, the coach has been modifying things. Among all of them, the bet on a 16-year-old boy who, instead of thinking about beating Georgia in the Valladolid should have played in the under-17 World Cup, being the second youngest in José Lana’s team, relegated only in age by Igor Oyono (7-2-2008, by 13-7-2007 from the Limassol scorer).

But it was not just that. The backbone of the team is consolidation. The nationalization of Le Normand was great news for the national team. Never seen before Carvajal so important for the selection. Rodri He is captain general. Gavi an energy source. Morata and Joselu They live in good harmony with the goal…

The word favorite reappeared next to the selection. A classic on the verge of the finals. De la Fuente doesn’t shy away from this. “This is what we work for,” he said in Limassol before the game. After the victory he had an idea: “These players are so good that we can only think that there is room for improvement”.

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Luis de la Fuente

Is Spain on the same level as France or England? It’s a question that needs to be answered. The March friendly against Brazil It could be a good way to gauge where the selection stands. As this comes, Luis de la Fuente One thing is certain: “We are where we want to be”. And it doesn’t just refer to the game and the closed classification for the European Championship.


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