The European dream for Spain is over, which was a penalty away from playing the fourth final in its history at the European Championships. Nobody was betting on the selection of Luis Enrique, not even to go through the groups when he started tying the first two games, but with humility, work and a clear idea of the game they have managed to go through rounds and show that the team is more important than the individualities.
And that is what Spain has been a team in this Euro Cup. While differential players such as Benzema, Havertz, Cristiano, Depay, De Bruyne or Modric have not been able to develop their potential in teams that have not worked, teams without big names such as the Italian, the Danish, the Swiss and the Spanish, have shown that it is much more effective to have a clear idea of the game and know how to execute it correctly. That is why they are teams that have surprised everyone with their results, since a priori they did not have big stars,
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Spain started with poor results, but their game was good despite the draws. The problem with Luis Enrique’s men has been the mistakes in both areas. Against Sweden the forwards fail to score any of the many chances they have, and against Poland a defensive error allowed Lewandowski to equalize. These mistakes made many doubt the game of the national team, Luis Enrique and the players, something that I think has been tremendously unfair.
Spain, despite everything, knew how to trust this idea, and the results ended up coming, not without first suffering a lot, since, in the three qualifying rounds, they ended up playing extra time. But in such a short tournament these errors could not be corrected, so the demand on this must go to the 2022 World Cup. This Eurocup has laid very good foundations, and has strengthened many players in their position in the face of the next international appointments.
Spain have had a great tournament, despite the fact that many criticized that they faced lower-level teams. That again, is unfair, in this European Championship it has been shown that there is no easy rival. Many believed that against Italy, Spain would easily succumb as they were the first draft pick they faced, and that was proven to be false. If anyone deserved to win the semifinal match, it was Spain, although the Italians also played a great game. Only a penalty has tipped the balance against Spain, so no one can recriminate anything. They have to keep working, but there are very solid foundations.