The Olympic is examined against Japan, the hostess, in Kobe. He does so at the Noevir Stadium, where Andrés Iniesta teaches his last soccer lessons at Vissel Kobe. It is a friendor, although the coaching staff Spanish gives you a capital importance. Mainly because it is the the only one they will have before the premiere at the Games, on July 22 against Egypt. But also because the rival is not chosen at random: one of the most worrying factors is the adaptation of the players to the humidity and temperature on Japanese soil. (30 degrees and 71% humidity at game time). The japanese, who play at home, are the more adapted to this circumstance. Perfect to measure the level that De la Fuente can give. Kubo, who wants to vindicate himself, makes the party morbid.
One of the conditions of the selector in this friendly is to manage the workloads. There are 16 players for whom this is their first meeting of the new season, those who come to do a mini preseason in Benidorm. For the six of the Eurocup, however, it is one of the last after a campaign full of matches. They have plenty of competition pace, so the most important thing is not to load their legs even more with more minutes than is advisable. For this reason, several of those footballers they can start from the bench because they barely carry two training sessions with the Olímpica since they joined last Monday.
Who yes will start They are men who must be fundamental as Ceballos, Asensio or Cucurella. They need minutes to get up to speed. For others like Bryan gil or Rafa Mir, who have more difficult their presence in the eleven in the Games, it is a golden opportunity to put it on difficult to De la Fuente. And, beyond all these factors, it is an opportunity to hook the people who were left wanting more in the European Championship.
Merino: He has not played a game since April 3, in the Cup final. His physical condition is unknown.
Defending: Eric and Pau are aiming for headlines at the Games, but Vallejo is the captain. De la Fuente must decide.
Central midfielder: Zubimendi made a great European Under-21 in June. If he continues at that level, it is difficult that he is not a starter.
Lead: Playing with or without nine is also one of the debates of the Olímpica. Today, opportunity for Mir.
Aces to follow
Endo: With 28 years and experience in the Bundesliga, he must put judgment in the middle.
Ceballos: He has reached a spectacular level and he feels like the leader of this team.