The presence of six players who are disputing the absolute Eurocup, together with Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio or Mikel Merino, mark the powerful list of summoned announced this Tuesday by the Spanish U21 coach, Luis de la Fuente, in the face of the Olympic Games.
The Rioja coach will have a very competitive team in Tokyo, starting with six young players who will double the summer tournament after playing the European Championship, where Spain has just passed to the quarterfinals after eliminating Croatia.
Luis de la Fuente went through the microphones of ‘El Larguero’ to chat with Manu Carreño after the call he had made. Regarding the controversy that is being generated around Pedri, the coach said that nobody has communicated anything to him: “At this time, I have no record that Barcelona is going to ask the RFEF that Pedri not attend the Olympics. I don’t know, ”he began by saying.
“I spoke with all the players likely to be selected and they all conveyed to me the idea that their illusion was to be in the Olympics. We are not louts, we are not going to take any risk, I have spoken with everyone, “he said.
“Alex Domínguez told us today that he had tested positive for COVID, I understand that there must be exceptional measures and other players may be included. I have been a footballer for many years and I would have liked not to have a vacation. That only happened to those who went to Euro Cups, World Cups, etc. As for me, if the summoned players do not have any type of physical problem or any cause of force majeure, they will be at the Olympic Games ”, he defined.
“It is true that Borja Mayoral wanted to be with us, but that Roma has not let him come. Except for Dani Olmo, all those who are abroad have had problems coming: Marc Roca, Fornals …”, he lamented. ” I am sure that Barcelona is not going to prohibit Pedri from playing the Olympic Games ”.
Regarding the non-call of Sergio Ramos, the coach was clear: “As the dates got closer, I was getting clear that I was going to have the players I had been counting on,” he said.
Asking about possible disrespect for Luis Enrique after the National Team’s doubts about the bad start to the tournament, De la Fuente said “yes”. “I think we are clear favorites for the European Championship, we have players of a level that is difficult to match,” he said.
Olympic team preparation
The Olympic team will concentrate this Wednesday, starting at 8:00 p.m., in Madrid and the next day it will train in the Ciudad del Fútbol de las Rozas, before moving to the Alicante town of Benidorm, where the phase of preparation prior to the Olympic Games.
On July 13, the expedition will travel to the Japanese city of Kobe, the place of the friendly match against its Japanese counterpart. And the next day he will travel to Sapporo, home of the first two matches of the Olympic team.
On July 22, the Spanish team will face CAF champion Egypt at the Sapporo Dome. Three days later, on Sunday July 25, Spain will play against Australia. The team’s third match in the group stage will take place on Wednesday, July 28, at the Santana stadium, against Argentina, the Conmebol champions.