After days of chaos with two positive cases of the Corona virus and vaccinations at the last minute, the Spanish national team conducted its first joint training session just two days before its opening meeting in Group E of the European Football Championship (Euro 2020), tomorrow, Monday, against the Sweden team, which beat it virus too.
Nevertheless, the Spanish national team stresses that these circumstances will not prevent Luis Enrique’s team from seeking the title of the continental championship.
“Luis Enrique shows you how to win in every situation,” Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara said.
Enrique surprised everyone, after he excluded veteran defender Sergio Ramos, while he included other elements, and with a parallel team of 17 players, he is ready for all possibilities, which can still occur in the case of the mysterious epidemic.
However, Llorente returned this weekend after 4 subsequent tests that came back negative, while Busquets had to remain in isolation.
After winning the Euros in 2008 and 2012, and winning the 2010 World Cup with the “golden generation”, the Spain team suffered a bit of a stagnation.
And the Spanish national team was bid farewell to the 2014 World Cup from the group stage, and also exited the World Cup from the round of 16 in 2018, while it was eliminated (Euro 2016) from the same round.
For its part, the Spanish newspaper “Mundo Deportivo” called the country’s national team “Emerging Spain”. However, Enrique put his country among “six or seven” candidates to win the title.
The last meeting between Spain and Sweden in the qualifiers for (Euro 2020) ended in a 1-1 draw, in 2019.
“I hope we can do it again,” said Swedish winger Emil Forsberg. “We are not the favorites, but I hope we can compete with them in pursuit of the title.”
Despite the two positive cases of the Corona virus, the Swedish national team quietly left for Seville, where the match against Spain will be held; But they received news of their Scandinavian colleague Christian Eriksen as soon as they arrived in the Spanish city.
Eriksen collapsed during his country’s opening match in the competition against Finland, and received emergency treatment on the field. Then he was taken to the hospital where his condition is stable.
Veteran star Zlatan Ibrahimovic was supposed to return to the Swedish national team after 5 years of absence; But a knee injury prevented him from playing in the tournament.
Forsberg said it was “a severe blow to us”; But he also believes Sweden have already “performed very well” without their first striker.
“We have to deal with that,” said Forsberg. “We’ve done very well without him and we’ll try to do the same again.”