From being best team in the world in 2010 to gradually going down to be amoungest the least competitive team in Europe, yes its another tournament, another final exit after being routinely outplayed minutes after getting their goal against France in the Nation league finals.
This time round, not many of the fans were surprised at the relatively dismal performance put forward by one man's former Barcelona tactician Louis Enrique's definition of Spain's best 11. We, as a majority of the fanbase, didn't expect them to get this far and no further, but the average team seem to have alot in store: The team for the future.
There is one reason for this upheaval performances and for sure the team is on a true transition. You can hardly identify some of their golden generation players and since the last world cup in Russia the team has changed from that qualify for the last Euros, or the one that underperformed at the last World Cup to a new phase that's trying to live off the the shadows left by their world cup winners.
Many are the times when the team has underperformed all blame shifts to the manager, the players, the coaching staff and so on. But what many doubting Thomases haven't realised is that what the nation is buliding is an team that opponent's would have nightmares after an encounter.
Whilst Xavi, Ramos, Puyol Iniesta Xabi and Villa were top players, their careers had an ending just like any other and sadly it got Spain unprepared same case that's being witnessed at Barcelona.
They became too predictable and often too slow to react at this level of football and many are the times they have been exposed, gladly the spaniards went back re-looked what went wrong and came back within a perfectly layed out master plan.
At the moment the Fury's can take a breather, although there are no major trophies, no recriminations, there's no blame, no regrets on the the team . As brave men wept, countries with unimaginable quality put out undescent performances: Belgium, Germany, England and so forth , Louis Enrique can stand tall and be proud as he knows thing's are now clicking as orchestrated.
Below is the lineup against Italy and France for the Euro's semi's and nations league finals their fixtures coming against lineups that have been in the top flight tournaments for a while now and they still gave them a run for their money.
Why do we call this a team for the future ? A big number of players are below the age of 25 and already they have been inculcated in the team to gain the much needed experience, this is incontrast with other nations who will feel the pain after the exits of their golden generation with no substantial replacements
Dani olmo 23, Oyarzabal 24 Torres 21 Pedro 18 Eric Garcia 20 Unai Simon 24 Gavi 17 Rodri 25 Yeremi pino 18 Pedro porro 22 Reguilon 25 Pablo fornals 25.
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