Louis of the Source opens with his first list as absolute selector and you can forget to have everyone on your side. The National Team’s bench is an electric chair. In his presentation, he asked that there be 48 million players, communion and peace, and that they all be united with a new project. That does not exist and, furthermore, in Spain it is impossible. Luis de la Fuente will feel the vertigo of not failing, hitting the call, the line-ups and the management of the matches will be looked at with a magnifying glass. He is not going to get rid of having criticisms and debates, with support and detractors.
He is a soccer veteran, but he is also unknown in the first level of international soccer. He is accompanied by the image of a coach with no experience in the elite. There is expectation to see, from the moment he gives the list and his first explanations, what criteria he has for the choice of players. What are your priorities, method, proposal and promises to make a competitive team. He insists a lot that Spain has to play as a team. It is necessary to see with which players and formula combines solidity, balance and offensive forcefulness.
It’s about winning again and exciting and Luis de la Fuente does not generate the impact that Luis Enrique did when he took over the bench of the National Team. The expectation is in the list, first, and then, in the two matches he has against Norway (March 25) and Scotland (March 28) for the 2024 Euro Cup qualification. The difficult part begins for the new coach, subject to the judgment of the fans who want to check if he has the level to make an author, competitive and winning team.
⌛️ 𝔼𝕟 𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕠𝕤 𝕕𝕖 𝟚𝟜 𝕙𝕠𝕣𝕒𝕤 𝗟𝘂𝗶𝘀 𝗱𝗲 𝗹𝗮 𝗙𝘂𝗲𝗲
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Spain debuts against Haaland’s Norway. A start with strong emotions and in which the coach has to be successful in choosing the central defenders. He ruled out Sergio Ramos in a controversial and difficult to understand decision. He closed the doors for him, whatever his performance, and he is expected to give the explanations after the harsh statement from the Sevillian in his farewell to the National Team. Luis de la Fuente has already felt the pressure from the media and from the fans, who do not agree with the ways in which he has dispatched Ramos. He entered office with very good words, a conciliatory tone and contradictions have been discovered.
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The new selector’s list announces a revolution in all lines. There can be major changes and disappointments. Luis Enrique chose Unai Simón, Robert Sánchez and David Raya as goalkeepers for the World Cup and the new coach trusts Unai Simón. The other two positions may vary with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Álex Remiro. David Gea has it more complicated.
The hot potato is in which plants will be chosen after the decision not to have Sergio Ramos. The interest is set in Nacho. The versatile Real Madrid defender has played 18 consecutive games and has only been a substitute in four. Nacho is there for the doors of the National Team to open for him if Luis de la Fuente is governed by the criteria of the states of form and continuity in the team. The sensations are good with a footballer who has shown a high level in his team’s recent games and has competed confidently and forcefully in the tie against Liverpool.
Luis Enrique lost confidence in the madridista and Luis de la Fuente can repair an injustice. On the new coach’s agenda to give the defense a spin there are new faces. Are david garciawho is performing at a very high level with Osasuna, and inigo martinez, recovered by Ernesto Valverde in Athletic’s eleven. Le Normand does not arrive. The procedures for the nationalization of French have not borne fruit to meet the deadlines. De la Fuente has to decide what he does with Eric Garcia and Laporte. The former hardly plays for Barcelona and the latter has lost his permanent position for Guardiola. Laporte has not played any minute in Manchester City’s last six games.
In his baptism as senior coach, he spoke of being the person who best knows the present and future of Spanish football, of introducing nuances in the style and of the fact that all players are likely to be selectable and the doors are open. Some more than others. You don’t have to be naive. De la Fuente has his preferences. The doors can be opened to Ceballos, channels, zubimendi, Mikel Merino, Borja Iglesias, Joselu, Iago Aspas and Gabri Veiga. There are more delicate matters. know what will happen to Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres and Marco Asensio. Many decisions and doubts for a coach who must hit the mark and hit the key.
The position of coach implies accepting criticism, disappointment and anger from those who do not understand the call for some footballers who go and those who stop going. Luis de la Fuente has to be very well prepared for this. Go from anonymity to being first fire line, in which you have to prove your worth. High-profile coaches, such as Clemente, Luis Aragonés and Luis Enrique, and low-profile ones, such as Vicente Del Bosque and Lopetegui, were not spared. Luis de la Fuente has to remove the image of interim coach. The man from La Rioja does not have the charisma of Luis Enrique, he has to earn the credit. “I believe in the leader. I don’t believe in the boss. I want to be the leader of the team,” he says in the official media of the Federation. De la Fuente has nothing to do with Luis Enrique. He is calm and close. It remains to judge him by the results.