The Spanish team arrived at the Tokyo Olympics as one of the favorites to win a medal and even fight for gold against Brazil, the current champion. Luis de la Fuente has brought a very talented and competitive team with players who are already known worldwide, who have some experience, and six who have just played the European Championship with the senior team.
But all that talent that Spain has has not yet come to light and apparently in these first three games La Rojita suffers from some of the ills that also devastated the absolute and that they need to correct if they want to get into the fight for the medals.
The goal is the most precious asset of football and this team is very short of goals. Only two goals (Oyarzabal and Mikel Merino) in three games, a very poor background for one of the favorites. Spain misses many clear scoring chances and it is difficult for them to see the goal, something that is already becoming familiar to us. In the quarterfinals against Ivory Coast, mistakes are paid and if Spain continues to fail in the rival area, they can hit a great hit.
Spain has great players in the center of the field, with Pedri in the lead, but the team is lacking in ideas and clarity when it comes to touching the ball to the point that at times the rhythm they put into the game is very tiring. This team has talent and the ability to move the ball more fluidly, especially as it approaches the rival area. Playing with that slow pace, Spain becomes a predictable team.
Côte d’Ivoire already gave the surprise by drawing against Germany and leaving it out of the quarterfinals, and Spain in the last game is an easy prey for the Africans.
With the entry into the eleven of Óscar Gil and Cucurella, Spain is taking advantage of the bands more but it is still a team that turns a large part of its game through the center. With full-backs like this, the national team can further widen the field, reach the baseline and make the most of their resources.
Yes, Spain has only made one mistake in the three games of the championship but it was enough for Argentina to tie a match that La Rojita could have sentenced and won with relative ease, but instead suffered until the last second and ended up asking for the time already that one more goal from the albiceleste left her out of the quarterfinals. Now that the final round of life and death begins, those mistakes cannot be made since any failure, even the most unexpected, can leave you out of the tournament.
Against Australia, coach Luis de la Fuente moved the bench quickly, in fact he already changed at half-time, and fresh blood was good for the team. But De la Fuente is one of the coaches who takes time to make changes and there are players who need a break. In addition, if the spare parts are given in in the last minutes, they will be able to contribute little.