With three immediate official matches (Greece, Georgia and Kosovo) and the European Championship on the horizon in June, the problem continues to be a disappointment no matter how far it comes and in the last match Spain will roundly beat Germany (6-0) . LaLiga is not capable of feeding goals to the national team and the reinforcements that come from other championships do not sound like a solution either. The data is conclusive. If you look at the table of championship directors, six of the top 10 are foreign players.
Only 16 goals from Gerard Moreno weigh, seven from penalties, and to top it all he is among cotton wool. His 31 games so far this season have already warned his fatigued muscles for the second time in a few days. Among the top three on the board, all already in their thirties, they add 59 goals: Messi (23 goals), Luis Suárez (19) and Benzema (17). Among the six forwards called up by the coach, they do not exceed 41. Those who play in LaLiga contribute 29: the 16 mentioned by Gerard; the 10 from Oyarzabal, six from penalties; and all three of Bryan Gil. The reinforcements that arrive from Serie A, Bundesliga and Premier contribute 12: the seven from Morata; all three by Dani Olmo and the two by Ferran Torres. Not even pulling the 10 goals from Marcos Llorente and the seven from Canales, the most aiming midfielders on the squad list, would equal the overall figure of the triumvirate that holds their respective clubs at the top of the league standings.
What Luis Enrique has left over in other positions is missing when the goal horn sounds. If you dive among the following who demonstrate the most success, you will reach 11 targets for Morales and Roger; Nine o’clock for Aspas and eight o’clock for Kike García and Rafa Mir… A little further away are seven for Negredo and six for Soldado. The five of Paco Alcácer, a man of the national team until recently, have no weight. The coach has never been concerned about the scoring statistics of his forwards. “The goal is the work of the whole team, not just those from above. And if we do not have a specific scorer, we will have to reach the goal in another way, with the collective game, “he explains.
Among the 24 selected by Luis Enrique —13 play in the League and 11 in foreign championships— for these three qualifying matches for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, there are only five players who will play in the quarterfinals of the Champions League: Sergio Ramos ( Real Madrid); Rodrigo, Eric García and Ferran Torres (Manchester City) and Thiago (Liverpool). Or what is the same, a single representative of the domestic championship.
If in LaLiga the three top scorers, Messi, Luis Suárez and Benzema, are over thirty (33, 34 and 33 years respectively), in the other four major European championships, the goal also shows that they do not understand their ages, although the forcefulness of the three examples of Spanish football is not reached. Lewandowski is the standard bearer. At 32, he has 35 goals in 25 Bundesliga games and five in six Champions League games. Haaland (20 years and 21 goals) and Mbappé (22 and 20) represent the other side. They are the only two players under the age of 25 currently on the podium of the best spikers.
In the Premier, Kane’s 27 years (17 goals) are enforced; the 28 of Salah (17) and the 26 of Bruno Fernandes (16). In Serie A, Cristiano Ronaldo’s 36 years (23 dynes) prevail, ahead of Lukaku’s 27 (19) and Muriel’s 29 (16). In France, behind Mbappé are Depay (27 years and 14 goals) and Volland (28 and 13), and in Germany between Lewandowski and Haaland, André Silva, 25 years old and the same goals as the Norwegian.