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Euro 2020 marks the beginning of a new Spain as Sergio Ramos – the last player from the Euro 2008 golden generation – won’t take part in the tournament. The new La Roja won’t dominate the competition like their predecessors; however, they won’t have any issues winning the group. Meanwhile, Poland with the unstoppable Robert Lewandowski and Sweden with a well-mixed of the young and experienced squad will have to fight to advance past the group. The seemed-to-be-underdog Slovakia will also be a tough opponent for all who dare to challenge in the group.

Euro 2020 - Group E

 

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SpainSpain

 

Coach: Luis Enrique 

Appointed: November 19, 2019

Significant teams managed: Barcelona, Celta Vigo, AS Roma

 

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Unai Simón, Robert Sánchez

Defenders: José Gayà, Jordi Alba, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Eric García, Diego Llorente, César Azpilicueta

Midfielders: Thiago Alcántara, Sergio Busquets, Koke, Marcos Llorente, Dani Olmo, Rodri, Fabián Ruiz, Pablo Sarabia, Ferran Torres, Adama Traoré

Forwards: Álvaro Morata, Gerard Moreno, Mikel Oyarzabal, Pedri

 

Spain football team

 

Players to watch

Defensive players: Aymeric Laporte

Aymeric Laporte changed his nationality from France to Spain just one month ago, and he has been called for La Roja’s squad for this summer – which he has never been when he was a French. It’s great to see his performance and it will be more interesting if there’s a match between France and Spain this summer.

 

Creative players: Thiago Alcántara

Thiago didn’t have a great season with Liverpool this season due to his poor form and injuries. However, this summer will be a chance for Thiago to prove his class. He is a very experienced player in a very youthful Spain squad and a crucial element in the possession-based La Roja style.

thiago arty

 

Offensive players: Ferran Torres

You can see that Spain is lacking quality forward – which proven from Álvaro Morata’s performance against Portugal last week. However, Ferran Torres can be an alternative solution: he scored a hat-trick against Germany in Spain’s 6-0 victory in the Nations League; moreover, the 21-year-old winger scored six goals for La Roja in just 10 appearances. 

 

Conclusion

Spain’s biggest strength is always the midfield trio. In Euro 2008, they were Xavi, Iniesta, and Marcos Senna. In 2012, they still were Xavi and Iniesta, but with Sergio Busquets in the back. In 2020, they are Thiago, Koke and Rodri. This trio has an impressive pass completion, especially Thiago (89.5%) and Rodri (92.1%), and that’ll be the essence of Spain’s playing style. However, Spain will have inexperienced center-backs since Enrique excluded Ramos from the squad. 

 

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PolandPoland

 

Coach: Paulo Sousa

Appointed: January 21, 2021

Significant teams managed: Fiorentina, Videoton, Basel

 

Full squad: 

Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczęsny, Łukasz Skorupski, Łukasz Fabiański

Defenders: Kamil Piątkowski, Tomasz Kędziora, Jan Bednarek, Maciej Rybus, Kamil Glik, Bartosz Bereszyński, Michał Helik, Tymoteusz Puchacz

Midfielders: Pawel Dawidowicz, Kacper Kozłowski, Karol Linetty, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Mateusz Klich, Jakub Moder, Przemysław Płacheta, Przemysław Frankowski, Piotr Zieliński, Kamil Jóźwiak

Forwards: Robert Lewandowski, Karol Świderski, Dawid Kownacki, Jakub Świerczok

Poland football team

 

Players to watch:

Defensive player: Jan Bednarek

Jan Bednarek has been a stone in the backline of Poland in Euro 2020 qualifying games. He was a solid center-back in both Poland’s national team and Southampton for over seasons and it’s great to see if he can maintain it this summer. 

 

Creative player: Jakub Moder

The Brighton and Hove midfielder has made an impression since his debut in the Polish national team with two goals in nine matches. He might not start in the crowded Polish midfield but he can be a superb substitution for Orly. 

 

Offensive player: Robert Lewandowski 

Robert Lewandowski is unstoppable in over two seasons, he broke the unbreakable record of Gerd Muller by scoring 41 Bundesliga goals in a season. He will want to perform better than what he did in World Cup 2018 – where he went scoreless in all three matches. 

“With age comes wisdom” is the sentence that suitable for Robert Lewandowski

 

Conclusion

Poland has an incredible Robert Lewandowski and they won’t have to worry about offensive plans. However, their defense is not awful but can be a threat, with many veterans and their performance is not stable. 

 

 

 

 Author: Kuyet @ TrophyRoom

 

Images sources:

UEFA: https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/news/0257-0e1a8c5074fb-2f85473f6982-1000–uefa-euro-2020-group-e-spain-sweden-poland-slovakia/

The Athletic: https://theathletic.com/news/spain-euro-2020-squad-full-24-man-team-ahead-of-2021-tournament-13-06-21/Qucj80AEUmdq

RTE: https://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2021/0604/1226147-chances-aplenty-but-spain-and-portugal-draw-a-blank/

Bundesliga: https://www.bundesliga.com/en/bundesliga/news/thiago-alcantara-on-pep-guardiola-and-bayern-munich-title-aspirations-4016 

Manchester Evening News: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/man-city-ferran-torres-spain-18892654

90min: https://www.90min.com/posts/6555157-euro-2020-how-poland-booked-their-place-at-this-summer-s-tournament

https://www.90min.com/posts/jakub-moder-things-to-know

FIFA: https://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/news/bednarek-southampton-poland-u20-world-cup-invaluable-experience

 

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