Spain woes underlined by Real Madrid missing players

Spain national team struggled in their opening game in the European qualifications against Norway coming on top of the game 2-1 with Sergio Ramos panenka penalty rescuing a possible false start in the group game. 

The Spanish side took the lead through Valencia forward Rodrigo in the first half but was pegged back on 65 minutes from Josh King’s penalty after Inigo Martinez was penalized but former Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata’s won a penalty for Ramos to tuck in comfortably into the back of the net.

In-form Getafe striker Jaime Mata, Sevilla defender Sergi Gomez, Real Betis midfielder Sergio Canales, and Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz were called for the first time to earn their first caps for their country with several Madrid players missing.

Luis Enrique side is currently undergoing a transitional period with the defense of Sergio Ramos and Gerrard Pique looking at their last tournament with Jordi Alba and Juanfran also in the twilight of their international careers.

However, the missing link of the Spanish team was there to see as Real Madrid contingent of Dani Carvajal, Álvaro Odriozola who are the future of the defense with Jesus Navas 35 years old being called up as a right-back.

The left-back role has seen Marcos Alonso and Valencia’s Jose Gaya being used but the emergence of Sergio Reguilón as a fitting player for the role but Zidane’s influence will be crucial with Marcelo who was frozen out under Santiago Solari back in contention.

The key role in midfield has to be that of Isco providing the creative spark and has been boosted with the return of his previous manager Zidane already moving him back to the first team squad of Los Blancos and scoring in the first game of the French manager.

In conclusion, it’s clear to see that the Spanish football international squad depends heavily on the fortunes of Real Madrid contingent after the struggles of the European qualifiers with the key individuals of the squad dependent on how they fair in the European champions league holders.


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