Sergio Ramos and Ansu Fati, representatives of two very different generations of Spanish football, gave hope this Sunday to the fans of a team that has lost part of the extraordinary emotional link created during the glorious quadrennium 2008-12. In a real walk before a loose Ukraine, Luis Enrique’s team (with seven changes compared to Germany) offered a recital at the first part of the game, led by a 17-year-old boy who made history not by an isolated goal, but by a goal resulting from a magnificent game, which he decompensated from the beginning causing the penalty that gave Spain (already Sergio Ramos) his first goal in minute 3.Spain was exhibited at the Alfredo di Stéfano stadium in Valdebebas and was placed (incidentally) at the head of Group 4 of the Nations League, benefited by the surprising draw of Germany against Switzerland (1-1). The data can be considered relevant, but less than the great image offered by a selection that continues to search for its new identity. Pending a recognizable starting eleven, the presence of Thiago and Pau Torres confirmed some permanent positions in the new Spain: Reguilón, with an extraordinary game (and a great final scare due to a severe sprained ankle without diagnosis yet), he possibly retired Jordi Alba in the selection of Luis Enrique. Rodri he’s probably a more capable player than Busquets at the moment, and Merino He justified with an extraordinary display his inclusion in a core traditionally overcrowded with talented footballers.
◾ Youngest ever scorer in the Champions League ✅◾ Youngest ever scorer for Barcelona in La Liga ✅◾ Youngest ever scorer for Spain ✅ Ansu Fati is a special talent 🙌 pic.twitter.com/6IRdlEP831
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Ansu Fati’s night
After the tie in Stuttgart, the Spanish monologue against the legendary Ukraine Sevchenko This is encouraging news at a time of uncertainty and transition, both on the team and outside of it. Despite Ramos’ scoring display, Ansu Fati was the figure of the day. “A Star Is Born” will headline many newspapers on Monday. Talented, cheeky and blazing, he shone against Germany in his first match with the National Team and inserted his name in football books at the second chance.
Sergio Ramos, with 23 goals, became the highest-scoring defender with his team in the history of football this Sunday night (until this Sunday it was the Argentine Daniel Pasarella, with 22 points). In addition, he precisely equals Di Stéfano as the eighth best scorer in the history of Spain, with 23 goals. Added to the fact that Ansu Fati is already the youngest scorer in the history of the Spanish team, the international soccer Sunday was quite entertaining. The fans are without a doubt missing a more stable and consolidated eleven, but the feelings in the team are good. The win was rounded by Ferran Torres, another fabulous representative of the younger generation (and like Rodri, another talent emigrated from a progressively weakened League).
Ramos celebrates the third goal of the match. (Reuters)
Spain is closer to finding the new backbone that resembles the Spain of a decade ago. The main unknown remains the discovery of an indisputable ‘9’. Solved (apparently) the debate of the goal, of the ‘brain’ (Thiago) and offensive imbalance (Ansu, with permission from Asensio and Oyarzabal), Spain continues to search for its undisputed center forward after an almost perfect match, with a very funny first half, in which a 17-year-old boy and a 34-year-old captain made history. Luis Enrique said it after the meeting: “We don’t look at the identity card here.”