Spain Team Guide for the Euro 2021 tournament | Spain is showing signs that they can regain their Golden Generation form
Between 2008 to 2012 Spain were an unstoppable force. However, their downfall was swift. After elimination from the 2014 World Cup in the group stages and failing to get past the Group of 16 in later international tournaments, it seemed like the glory days were well and truly over. Recent results show that Spain might be a force to be reckoned with once again.
- After a run of three games without a win there were a lot of questions being asked about the Spanish team and head coach. That was all swept aside after Spain’s 6-0 demolition of Germany in November.
- After the loss of so many iconic players through retirement, Spain looked directionless. Their recent games showed a team which was incisive, dominating, and full of belief.
- If Spain can recapture their 2020 form and performance they could go far in the tournament.
Spain Team Guide: Tactics
Spain play a 4-3-3 formation keeping with their Total Football / Tiki Taka style that has brought them so much success in the past. The team has changed a lot in recent years but one thing remains clear, Spain are very much an attacking force and prefer to keep the game in the opposition half. They press quickly if they lose possession and are not afraid to attack available spaces.
Sergio Ramos is one of those players that just seems like he has been around since forever. His hairstyle changes, his beard gets longer, but his form and dedication are eternal. Not only is he a strong and experienced defender he also has a lot of goals in his game. He is currently Spain’s eighth highest goalscorer of all time.
Enrique has always demanded the most from himself and his players as a coach. He has been the national team coach since 2018, although he quit for a few months in 2019 due to personal reasons. He is working hard to instill a competitive identity into this new-look Spain team.
Spain Team Guide: Player Profile
Scoring a hattrick against Germany was a reminder why Torres is one of the most coveted young players in Europe. Even though his is only 21 he has already made seven appearances for the national team, with the hattrick capping off his latest appearance.
Since David Villa retired, Spain has not really had a prolific goal scorer, but Torres has the potential to fill that missing gap. Even though he is not a striker he is played as a false nine. He is a quick and intelligent player that has a good eye for goal. After such an impressive and fearless display, the expectations and belief in him are higher than ever.
Spain Team Guide: Spain Euro 2021 Odds to win
Spain were not very fancied going into the competition but after their demolition of Germany their stock has risen dramatically. They are in a relatively easy group and should make it to the knockout rounds easily. A selection of odds are below.
All odds were correct at time of publication on 23/04/21. Odds are subject to change.