09/08/2021 at 06:30 CEST
Spain faces a very committed start tonight in Pristina in their fight against the current to directly enter the Qatar 2022 World Cup. Kosovo is an emerging team that has opted for a daring game, as Luis Enrique highlighted, to show its head in international football. La Roja will have to overcome this obstacle while glancing at the Spyros Louis of Athens, where Sweden, the leader of the group, faces Greece.
The Spanish team stopped depending on itself since they lost at the Friends Arena in Solna. The Swedes now have the upper hand and would achieve the only place that gives direct access to the World Cup to win every game. They would even allow themselves the luxury of reaching the last day in Spain with the first place assured.
Sweden is facing the toughest rival that remains in the qualifying phase tonight. Greece has so far only had three draws, but a victory would put him three points behind the Swedes with the visit to Scandinavia still pending in October. Therefore, the second position that gives access to the play-off is still in his hands.
The Greeks will have the support of their fans, at Spyros Louis the entrance of vaccinated public is allowed, and an always combative spirit with which to try to achieve their first victory. Sweden has the loss of their starting pivot, Ekdal, due to injury, but Janne Andersson will maintain his ironclad 4-4-2 with the dangerous Isak and Kulusevski at the leading edge. The Swedes arrived in Greece with an internal controversy over the decision to hold a stage in Qatar in January when the country is increasingly questioning the advisability of playing the World Cup after the latest reports from Amnesty International.
At the gates of the Final Four
Those of Luis Enrique depend on the Swedes, but they have hope. In any case, a victory would allow to close this international window of three games with a good taste in the mouth. Spain has in just one month a very prestigious competition where an official title such as the UEFA_Nations League is at stake. La Roja will play the semifinal of the Final Four against Italy, in the repetition of the Eurocup semifinal, with France and Belgium vying for the other place. The tournament is played in transalpine lands with Milan and Turin as venues.
Luis Enrique will then have his entire block. In this window has run out of the players who played the Olympic Games, with the exception of Unai Simón and Eric Garcia. Spain has another air with Pedri in the center of the field or Dani Olmo at the top, but this time they had to rest.
Soler and Llorente
The positive side for now has been the irruption of Carlos Soler, who has scored two goals in his first two games as a senior international. The Valencian seems to have a guaranteed place on the inside against Kosovo, while on the other flank, Marcos Llorente could replace Koke, who was especially unlucky in Sweden. Instead, Llorente marveled in front of Georgia and he proved to be in a spectacular physical state. Everything indicates that Luis Enrique will take advantage of his excellent dynamics.
Behind them Sergio Busquets will be positioned as pivot. Rodri still does not shade him and the captain will command the team. The second footballer with the most gallons in the dugout, Jordi Alba, will also be in the field, despite dragging some annoyances. Luis Enrique confirmed that he is fit to play.
Experience will be essential in a match that can be tense. In the press room it was noted that the Kosovars are still hurt for not having the recognition of Spain. The local media expressed their displeasure that Kosovo was not named openly.
Kosovo: Muric; Vojvoda, Rrahmani, Aliti, Hadergjonaj; Halimici, Dresevic, Berisha; Kastrati, Rashica and Muriqi
Spain: Unai Simón, Azpilicueta, Laporte, Eric Garcia, Alba, Busquets, Llorente, Soler, Ferran Torres, Morata and Sarabia
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO).
Stadium: Fadil vokrri
Hour: 20.45. The 1