Spain is reunited with its fans without giving them a single goal against Portugal (o-0)

The last time Spain played in front of their fans was on November 18, 2019. It was at the Metropolitano, like today, although everything else was different. Sat on the bench Roberto MorenoAnd he would do it for the last time on a rather unpleasant night in which he did not even attend the press conference after the game. That night the Selection won 5-0 to Romania, with a great performance by Gerard Moreno and the key participation of the extinct Ramos, Cazorla, Carvajal, Oyárzabal and Kepa. On an inconsequential night, because qualification had been achieved, Spain’s goals fell from their pockets.

Today, on one of the best spring afternoons of the year, the Spain that appeared before the presidents and heads of state of the Iberian Peninsula suffered the opposite effect. Luis Enrique’s men controlled the game for a good part of the match, and they were able to create opportunities, but it took a nine to get the chestnuts out of the fire.

Fourteen thousand spectators attended today’s friendly (Reuters)

Actually today the news was in the boxes, since the meeting was a mere procedure to promote the Iberian candidacy for the 2030 World Cup. With a box full of authorities and a diplomatic visit watching their team play, zero to zero seemed like the most hospitable option. Perhaps this is why Luis Enrique took advantage, once again, to test for the Euro. Ten days after the debut, it seems that the competition itself is going to serve as a laboratory to win it.

The most striking test was that of Aymeric Laporte, who wore the red for the first time with a remarkable performance. The French, or Spanish, as you prefer, adopted the role of bulldog of the central team, as Albiol does with Pau Torres at Villarreal and not so much Ramos in Spain, and completed his task without scares. It was proposed to cut the boarding schools of Renatos Sanches And he took it seriously to the level of perching on his hump. They were about to come to blows but, hey, you cannot blame the nationalized for anything. In the end, he asked for the change due to annoyances that will have to continue until June 12, the last day to change players before the Euro.

The box of the Metropolitan today (Efe)

The other question went through the route of Marcos Llorente placeholder image. The fan was concerned about his location on the right wing, where in principle he would lose the incorporation to the attack that has given so much joy in this stadium, but Luis Enrique has shown that the fears were unfounded. The Kombucha Man has so much physical background that I could start the counterattack from outside the stadium and push the ball to the goal. The Madrilenian constantly joined the attack, sometimes leaving Thiago alone in the face of danger on the right, almost always in danger.

For the rest, what you already know. The National Team wore its exquisite touch, at times a round of Virgueros, without doing too much damage to Portugal. During the entire match Morata crashed with the Portuguese central couple, Pepe and Fonte, who are on their way to turning 40. Morata tried as usual and went blank as almost always. However, his were the clearest occasions of the Selection, with the exception of a ball in 93 that Álvaro Morata crashed into the crossbar. The public ended up singing “Morata, how bad are you”, something that does not help when it comes to gaining confidence for the Euro.

Cristiano Ronaldo says goodbye to his fans (Reuters)

Only the team was somewhat revolutionized with the departure of Koke and Pedri fifteen from the end. The Atleti midfielder, cheered by his team, gave a small recital of game distribution, taking advantage of the overflow of Pedri and Ferran Torres. It gave the feeling that, with more time on the field, the score would have changed in favor of Luis Enrique’s.

In short, one more game, another round of recognition. Luis Enrique still does not show a clear eleven ten days from the Euro and, of course, without making the slightest concession to the respectable. If he was the first coach to lead a team without any Real Madrid player, which in the end is the team of a good percentage of Spaniards, this afternoon he barely allowed the Atleti crowd to enjoy their captain on the pitch for fifteen minutes. The Asturian has always been a man of radical decisions and he is not afraid to play the Euro with only two options: big door or infirmary.

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