Spain’s bid for the World Cup 2022 upsets fans of the team. For the first time in the golden seasons, when the “red fury” took the World Cup and the European Championship, there are no world-class stars in the national team, despite the presence of young talents. The national team of Luis Enrique is inferior in potential to many competitors, few people expect a successful performance from the Spaniards at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Perhaps this will play into their hands.
Spain 2022 World Cup bid: Goalkeepers
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic), Robert Sanchez (Brighton), David Raya (Brentford).
The first number will again be Simon, who amazed everyone with his mistakes at Euro 2020. In the application of the Spanish national team for the 2022 World Cup, there is no David De Gea, who, although he plays consistently at the basis of Manchester United, does not suit the style of Enrique’s game. His poor kicking is the main reason for missing. But Simon, Sanchez and Raya are definitely not the level of Casillas, Canizares and even Reina. The Fifa World Cup goalkeeper position should have a stable first number, but this is not about the current Spain
Spain’s 2022 World Cup bid: defenders
Centre-backs: Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia).
Right back: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)
Left back: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Gaia (Valencia).
Luis Enrique has City defensive leader Aymeric Laporte and London legend Cesar Azpilicueta at his disposal, as well as two prospective CBs with unstable play. If Garcia regularly fails matches at Barcelona, then Torres has long been asking for top clubs, he copes better with pressure. On the right side of the Spain Team 2022 World Cup roster, there is only the indispensable Dani Carvajal, who is considered a veteran. It is surprising that Enrique did not take anyone to replace him, Carvajal has not had good health for a long time. Veteran Jordi Alba and stuck in Valencia Jose Gaia will play on the left. But in general, the Spanish defense looks good, the combination of youth and experience can play a plus. The non-call of the legend Ramos, who is in great shape at PSG, is the second complaint against Enrique, but Sergio has not played for the national team for a long time.
Spain 2022 World Cup bid: midfielders
Midfielders: Rodri (Manchester City), Sergi Busquets, Gavi, Pedri (all - Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Carlos Soler (PSG).
By tradition, Spain’s midfield at the World Cup will be kept at the expense of the Catalans. Only Sergi Busquets remained from the golden squad, but Gavi and Pedri are striving to become the new Xavi and Iniesta - so far the prospects are excellent. In the national team for a long time the main Rodri, he and Koke will fight for a place in the support zone along with Busquets, as well as the new hope of the “mattress” Llorente. Carlos Soler is the most controversial element in midfield, but there is definitely no place for him at the base.
Forwards in Spain squad
Forwards: Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres (both Barcelona), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Alvaro Morata (Atletico), Pablo Sarabia (PSG), Nico Williams (Athletic), Jeremy Pino (Villarreal) ”), Dani Olmo (“RB Leipzig”).
Spain is waiting for a new Torres and Villa, but so far only Morata has been received. There is simply no one to play in the center of the attack, and the consistently unstable Alvaro remains the only option. Well, at least Enrique’s flanks are promising: the Catalan connection Fati-Torres especially pleases the Spanish fans. But there are still young Olmo and Pino, but they have little experience for the national team. Niko Williams, the younger brother of Iñaka, who has taken African citizenship, has been summoned rather for the future, he can hardly provide real help. Although, besides Morata, there are no center forwards for Furia.
Approximate composition of the Spanish national team for the first matches of the World Cup in Qatar
Head coach Luis Enrique plays in a 4-3-3 formation. Approximate composition for the first matches of the World Cup: Simon Gaia-P.Torres-Laporte-Carvajal-Rodri-Coke-Pedri-Asensio-Morata-F.Torres.