The Spanish team and its brilliant midfielders: being champions again passes through the middle

Marcos Llorente and Pedri.

Much has been written about the lack of goal that the Spanish team has, on the absence of a striker from the super-elite, of those who mark the differences and decide the matches. Nevertheless, the strength of Spain champion of all was not that, as much as David Villa swelled to score goals and Fernando Torres also made a good bag. The secret of victory in that 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 Euro Cups was in the center of the field, and that is where Luis Enrique has the best wickers to form a team that will dominate again continental football, with the Euro Cup just around the corner, and then the World Cup.

The plethora of midfielders of the highest level it was already long not long ago. A veteran who resists like Sergio Busquets was joined by players like Koke, Thiago Alcántara or Saúl Ñíguez. Later, players from the lower ranks such as Dani Ceballos, Rodri Hernández, Fabián Ruiz or Mikel Merino arrived. Sergio Canales, a seasoned player who has exploded at Betis has joined them, while the two most recent irruptions are possibly the most exciting: the physical power of Marcos Llorente and the talent of Pedri, the young pearl of the Canary Islands. of the Barça.

After many years as indisputable in the axis of the center of the field, doubts about his game have emerged in recent years. However, his football has always been the same, only the context had changed both at Barça and in Spain, without Xavi and Iniesta at his side. Well surrounded again In the Barça team, he is once again that midfielder who manages the rhythm of the games at will and sets up the game both in static and when launching the counterattack.

Guardiola chose him for something for his City. A footballer with similar characteristics to those of Busquets, in recent years he has managed to discuss his position in La Roja thanks to his high level in Manchester. Always well placed when defending and pressing, his precise touch is a sure value.

Everything about him is surprising because of his youth. Not only have the minutes at Barça not weighed him, but he has become the leader of the culé midfield and Leo Messi’s best partner. The similarities of his game with Andrés Iniesta’s they are obvious, but the canary moves away from the comparison. “I like to be compared to Iniesta but I have to be Pedri,” said the young man. He is only 18 years old but his role in this summer’s Eurocup may be that of the main protagonist.

The physique in modern football is more important than ever and therefore having a player like Marcos Llorente, different from everyone else, is a blessing for Luis Enrique. Converted from defensive to offensive midfielder, his strength and spectacular physical power make the difference.

After establishing himself as one of the best media in the world at Bayern, this it is not being an easy season in Liverpool. The covid and a serious injury stopped him on his arrival, and now he is having a hard time adapting to the soccer of the reds, who live a very delicate moment. But his quality is beyond doubt, it is only a matter of time before he shows it at Anfield.

After a sporting life marked by injuries, at Real Sociedad he felt like a footballer and at Betis he has exploited all his talent.

He is not only a game generator, he is also a footballer with a lot of goals. His arrival from the second row is an interesting factor in a team struggling to score in some games.

He has been holding Atlético midfield for a decade. A regular, reliable player, dangerous from set pieces and the perfect complement to any midfield.

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