surprises and doubts among 70 names and the search for a leader

“I’m sure he wouldn’t have brought the same list as Luis Enrique to the World Cup.” That’s the headline Louis of the Source left in an interview with THE SPANISH a few days after being named national coach. The time has come to find out which one is his, the first one he gives in the position he is about to start.

De la Fuente plans to announce his first call in five days, next Friday, March 17. It will be the moment in which he gives the names in which he trusts the most to start his project in the absolute. He has had three months to study the possible candidates and make a selection that will surely include surprises.

With the appointment of Luis de la Fuente, they opted to give continuity to the construction of the National Team that Luis Enrique started. The block will remain, but the details will make the difference in the team’s new direction. To begin with, a captain is being sought after the international withdrawal announced by Sergio Busquets.

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The chosen ones will come from a pre-list prepared by De la Fuente and his team -with Pablo Amo as second coach-. Around 70 footballers are part of it and it is the result of the monitoring carried out by the coaching staff since the resumption of club competitions in December.

The coach has been seen in numerous Spanish stadiums, the last of which is Vallecas during the game that faced the Ray Vallecano and to Athletic last March 5. Only in that game he was already able to spy on several players who enter the ‘bag’ of possible surprises (fran garcia, sancet either Yeray).

Busquets gives up the bracelet

There will be new faces, although the new Selection will be formed around the group that already existed. Without Busquets, and with Sergio Ramos already ruled out by De la Fuente himself, the captain’s armband will pass to another. By internationalities, the order is as follows: jordi Sunrise (91 games), Koke (70), alvaro morata (61) and Azpilicueta (44).

The coach has been in charge of holding talks in recent weeks with the veterans. As in the case of Ramos, he told some that he would not count on them. It remains to be seen how many of them he leaves out and, therefore, if a new name will enter the captaincy equation.

Luis de la Fuente, Spanish soccer coach, during the interview with EL ESPAÑOL at the Ciudad del Fútbol of the RFEF

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The block will be supported by footballers who, for the most part, joined the team in the Luis Enrique era and have been consolidating. These are the Unai simon, aymeric laporte, pau towers, Alex Bucket, Rodri hernandez -one of De la Fuente’s favourites-, Pedro, Gavi, oyarzabal, Daniel Elm, Frame Asensio, ferran towers and even, Nico williams. Also Daniel carvajal.

Regarding the World Cup list, some remain in a limbo from which they will only emerge based on good performances (guillamon, frames crying, Eric Garcia and the goalkeepers Robert Sanchez and David Raya). Carlos Soler and Pablo Sarabia, Luis Enrique’s ‘men’, have it difficult. We will also have to see what happens with two young people in low hours: Ansu fati and yeremi Pine tree.

Kepa and changes in defense

How would De la Fuente’s list be configured? In the goal, competitors are sought for Unai Simón. Those who were lose strength and old people known as kepa arrizabalaga either David De Gea. Others try to rear their heads, like Alex remiroof the Royal Society, or julen Agirrezabalafrom Athletic. Miguel Angel Spainthe new goalkeeper coach, will decide.

Changes are coming on the sides. Carvajal and Balde are supposed to be fixed, each one on one side, but De la Fuente has been following new faces that can fill those positions: Pedro Joint and arnau Martinez to the right and cucurella and Fran Garcia to the left. Among those left behind is Gayá, after the drama that it was for him to leave at the last minute of the concentration in the World Cup.

The centrals are also in the air. Laporte and Pau start with an advantage, but what else is there? De la Fuente, who already decided not to have Ramos, must decide between those who already went to past calls (inigo Martinez either Diego crying) or bet on new sap (David Garcia, from Osasuna). In the National Team debate, as in that of Real Madrid, it deservedly remains Nacho Fernandez.

The way of ‘fichar’ wins whole, that is, to nationalize a player to nationalize him. There appears a longing that is not new: Robin LeNormand. The Real player said in the past that he only saw himself representing France, but little by little he seems to welcome wearing the ‘red’. him and the chimy Avilawhich we will talk about later, can follow the path of Laporte, the last to be nationalized.

Le Normand and Zubimendi, with the Royal Society

Le Normand and Zubimendi, with the Royal Society


Casting open for the few holes that boast vacancies in the midfield. Busquets’ substitute seems clear: Martin zubimendi. With De la Fuente he has had a leading role and it is to be hoped that the time has come for him to jump to the Absolute. With Rodri, Pedri -let’s see if he arrives in time for this list- and Gavi as regulars, it is likely that the area will be completed with players who had a presence in the team in the past.

Ceballos, who has had his moment at Madrid this season, is a weakness for the coach, as he has already acknowledged on occasion. His call is to be expected, although he has once again disappeared from Ancelotti’s plans in recent games. Mikel Merino and Fabian Ruiz They have ballots to return.

Chimy and Joselu win integers

Arriving in the attack zone, and going through the wings first, there are not too many question marks here. Perhaps if he will start with Ansu Fati and Pino or if he will punish the poor performance that Asensio and Ferran have given in Madrid and Barça in recent months.

Seeing the doubts that may arise in these cases, it is logical that the name of Chimy has come to the fore. The Argentine striker, who could play for Spain, provides versatility by being able to also fall on the wing and has options to star in the big surprise on Luis de la Fuente’s list.

Oyazarbal can play a leading role in this National Team on the inside, as a fake ‘9’, but De la Fuente will have to complete his offensive zone with some pure striker. It appears again borja churcheswho already had his opportunity with Luis Enrique, but also Joseluwho has 12 goals in the league and this Saturday returned to ‘wet’ against Real Madrid.

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