TookA “Rosa”, deprived of its captain Sergio Busquets, who tested positive for COVID-19 from the start of his preparations, approached his first match of the tournament in a certain ambiguity.
To avoid the multiplication of COVID cases, the Spanish selection has taken drastic measures by forcing its players to train alone till Friday.
As a result, she could not play her last preparatory match against Lithuania on Tuesday, allowing her Hopes team to play in this meeting, which they won easily (4–0).
Preparations for this Euro have not been optimal for Spanish coach Luis Enrique, but he remains optimistic.
“It is not a pleasant situation, but we have already gone through a very bad situation. The fact of not training in ideal conditions should not be used as an excuse”, he flung aside.
He remains convinced that his group has enough talent to shine: “Spain is one of the favourites, no doubt about it”. […] We are in a group of six, seven favourites.”
Their rival Sweden of the day is no better. Les Blågult (Les Bleus et Jaunes) lost talented Juventus striker Dejan Kulusevski and Bologna midfielder Mattias Swanberg along the way, who were affected by COVID.
If it is accepted that two players have already been forfeited against La Rosa, then coach Jan Anderson, who is already deprived of his emblem captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic (knee injury), can himself 26 players. Let’s give their group until “midnight on Sunday” to submit to UEFA.
Earlier in the day, Scotland, for their first major tournament since 1998, will face the Czechs in a match in which they deal with an outside position. Stunning Scotland, especially qualified at the expense of Serbia, depended on their officials Robertson (Liverpool), McTominay (Manchester United) and McGuin (Aston Villa) to disrupt the finalists of the 1996 edition.
Already at Euro-2016, the Czech Republic wants to forget a very dull course on France’s lawn: it had conceded two defeats against Spain (1–0) and Turkey (2–0), the honors against Croatia. (2-2) and took the front door.
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