Since his start against Slovakia, Spain has scored 10 goals, with two goals and two assists. “He was a special and decisive player,” recalls Toril, his coach at Castilla.

Sarabia celebrates his goal against Slovakia in La Cartuja.AFP

With the Spanish team sailing between doubts and the ticket to eighths in the air, Luis Enrique I decided to press three buttons. Facing Slovakia, he returned Sergio Busquets, landed Csar Azpilicueta and asom Pablo Sarabia, who until the Eurocup had only played 201 minutes with the national team. The bet, in sight, has come out flawless for the coach. The midfielder has been chosen the best in the two games, the defender has even made his debut as a scorer with Spain and Sarabia, without making noise, he has added two goals and two assists. The whip to the crossbar that the Slovakian goalkeeper slapped on goal was also his. Nobody assures him that he will start against Switzerland, but he has enough arguments to start with lvaro Morata (and another) in that quarter-round crossing that yesterday, on the lawn of the Petrovsky multipurpose stadium, under the congested sky of St. Petersburg, began to prop up the selection.

Sarabia is 29 years old and has lived in Paris since 2019. Before, she had done it in Seville, Getafe and Valdebebas, where her story began. Neymar, Mbapp, Icardi O By Mara they are his rivals for a place at PSG. A stellar panorama that has not distorted reality. It is a very great discovery and a vital piece for the operation of the group. Everyone is delighted with him, they recognized from the heart of the national team, hours before leaving for Russia. Since starting, Spain has mutated into the team with the most punch in the championship: 11 goals in two games.

A different and unexpected summer for him, who had other plans. I was in the car with my girlfriend and I got a call. She believed at that moment that we were going on vacation, but there was a turn of events, the footballer recounted as soon as he arrived at the Las Rozas concentration camp. He hadn’t worn the Spain shirt for two years and took it for granted that he would have a vacation this summer. The last call I received had been from Robert Moreno, in November 2019. He scored one of the seven goals against San Marino, during the qualification for this European Championship, and did not enter into Luis Enrique’s plans until on May 24, his name appeared in the video that revealed the final list. .

He is a kid with incredible humility, he was not expected to come and look at the role he is playing, they add under the roof of the national team, whose headquarters in St. Petersburg will be the Astoria Hotel. In this surprise adventure, Sarabia has not stopped looking at the sky. He lost his father a few years ago and each conquest has been a guide to him: He would have loved to see me here. The military salute to the camera as soon as the Dominik Livakovic at the Parken it was his way of channeling the tribute.

The alternative at the Bernabu

His connection to Morata goes back a long way. Both fought a decade ago for promotion to Second with Castilla. Pablo was a special and very decisive player. We put him behind the striker or in a band and he was always decisive. He left Castilla very soon and we felt that maybe he would have needed a little more time, he details EL MUNDO Alberto toril, who directed Sarabia in the Real Madrid quarry for two years. Together with lvaro he conquered two Europeans, one under 19 and the other under 21. Their bond is special. They grew up together and went through all the categories together. On a technical level and knowledge of the game, Pablo was a step above the rest. He has a strong and open character, which made him a bit special and a leader on the field, adds Toril, who managed a changing room in which they were also Dani carvajal O Lucas Vzquez, one year older. He is in a moment of maturity and knowledge of the game. It should be in a large Spanish, complete.

Sarabia greets the Spanish fans in Copenhagen.
Sarabia greets the Spanish fans in Copenhagen.MARTIN MEISSNERAFP

In that title with the sub’21, eight summers ago (2013), they were also Boil Y Thiago, who decided the final against Italy Verratti, Badge O Immobile with a hat-trick. That afternoon in Jerusalem, Julen Lopetegui I decided that Pablo would not dispute any minute. However, when the referee signaled the end, he ran to celebrate as if the treble had been his.

He made Pablo debut in the elite Jos Mourinho. It was in the last match of the group stage of the Champions League against Auxerre, (4-0) in December 2010, on the grass of the Santiago Bernabu. He played 18 minutes and never wore the white first team jersey again. He was only 18 years old. His story has been written between Getafe, Seville and, since 2019, Paris, where he believed he was going on vacation after signing seven goals and four assists in 37 games. He was wrong. The European Championship reserved an alternative route for him. The path he had so often dreamed of as a crook.


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