, , , , , , Spain Wants to Continue Development in Advance of World Cup Although we are only six months away, the tournament will be a major influence on every international match. The Nations League is a completely different competition. Spain’s match with Portugal will take place on Thursday. Both teams will use fixtures such as this to prepare for Qatar where they could be one of the top contenders for the trophy. Spain is currently fourth in the betting chart, with Portugal eighth.
Luis Enrique’s side had a slow start to Euro 2020, which was held in 2021 after a one-year delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Spain had to wait until the final game of their group before they could be guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages. Their pretty play was often undermined in front of goal. However, they grew stronger throughout the tournament and were undoubtedly the more superior team in the semi-final against Italy.
There is much for Luis Enrique. This generation is not as gifted as the one which saw the likes of Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Gerard Pique, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos win two European Championships and the World Cup between 2008 and 2012, but it contains plenty of talent nonetheless.
There is a lot of excitement around Pedri (Barcelona’s teenage sensation), while Ansu Fati and Gavi, his teammates for club and country, add to the youthful enthusiasm.
Luis Enrique may also prove to be of benefit. International managers can be at either the beginning or end of their career. Spain’s boss, however, is clearly in the latter. If he were to lose his job tomorrow, Luis Enrique could probably land a high-ranking position in club football. He won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2015 and will hope to add the World Cup to his honors list at the end of this year.
Fernando Santos still has doubts and needs good display
After finishing second in their World Cup qualifying group, Portugal was forced to participate in the March play-offs. The semi-finals saw them defeat Turkey without much fuss to make it to the final, which was to be against Italy. The European champions fell to North Macedonia in the final four. They proved no match for Portugal just a few days later. The World Cup qualification was won by Fernando Santos’ team.
There are doubts about the man who will be leading Portugal in Qatar. Others will claim that this is unfair. After all, Santos won Portugal’s first ever major trophy by guiding them to glory at Euro 2016. The success continued with the Nations League’s inaugural edition, where Portugal defeated the Netherlands. In terms of winning trophies alone, Santos has been the best manager that his country ever had.
But, the problem for Portuguese soccer lovers is that Santos’ defense-first approach does not work with the players he has at his disposal. Portugal has been under-performing in recent years, as players like Joao Felix, Bernardo Silva, and Diogo Jota have not been able to match their club performance on an international level. This game against another heavyweight team will be a good indicator of whether Santos is making progress in this area.
Spain Can Win What Might Be Surprisingly High-Scoring Game
Given their tendency to be cautious, it is possible that Portugal will adopt a contain and counter approach on Thursday. Santos knows that Spain can sometimes be difficult to penetrate deep defensive blocks and will tell his team to frustrate them by being diligent and disciplined while they are away from the ball.
A game that relies on speed to break forward might not be suited to Cristiano Ronaldo. However, Portugal will have to make sure that the Manchester United striker is ready and available to play if they do.
Under 2.5 goals was a bet we thought of for this match. However, we feel that a Spain victory is the most profitable betting option as both teams start their Nations League campaigns. La Roja have not lost on home soil since 2018, and they are likely to dominate proceedings at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
It is true that Spain struggles to convert opportunities at times. However, Luis Enrique’s squad has enough strength in forward areas. Bet on Spain winning against Portugal.
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How to Watch Spain vs Portugal
Spain vs Portugal Information Teams Spain vs Portugal Location Estadio Benito Villamarin, Sevilla, Spain Time Thursday, 2 June 2022, 2. 45 PM EDT How to watch Fox Sports 1, fuboTV