Team analysis

Spain

Spain

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No.PlayerBornPos.GERRUSNEDFRARUSGSClub
1Antonio Sivera11/08/1996Goalkeeper9090909090 Valencia CF (ESP)
2Antonio Marin17/06/1996Defender 90 9+ UD Almería (ESP)
3Aaron Caricol22/04/1997Defender9090909090 1. FSV Mainz 05 (GER)
4Jorge Meré17/04/1997Defender9090909090 Real Sporting de Gijón (ESP)
5José Carlos Ramírez10/05/1996Defender Real Betis Balompié (ESP)
6Mikel Merino22/06/1996Midfield67*54*68*90*901 CA Osasuna (ESP)
7David Concha20/11/1996Forward 75* Real Racing Club (ESP)
8Dani Ceballos07/08/1996Midfield88*90909090 Real Betis Balompié (ESP)
9Borja Mayoral05/04/1997Forward909087*90*90*3 Real Madrid CF (ESP)
10Marco Asensio21/01/1996Forward69*909090902 RCD Mallorca (ESP)
11Nahuel Leiva22/11/1996Forward21+36+1+22+16+2 Villarreal CF (ESP)
13Unai Simón11/06/1997Goalkeeper Athletic Club (ESP)
14Rodri22/06/1996Midfield9087*909090 Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
15Jesús Vallejo05/01/1997Defender9090909090 Real Zaragoza (ESP)
16Pape Cheikh08/08/1997Midfield23+3+22+1+ Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)
17Alfonso Pedraza09/04/1996Forward8990*68*74* Villarreal CF (ESP)
18Borja16/03/1997Defender90 909081* Real Racing Club (ESP)
19Carlos Fernández22/05/1996Forward2+15+3+1+1+ Sevilla FC (ESP)
Pos. = Position; GS = Goals scored; * = Started; + = Substitute
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Luis de la Fuente

Coach Luis de la Fuente
21/06/61
"The players were hurt after losing to Russia and they wanted to win that cup. This victory means that we can remain true to our football idea, the way we play. It is a testament to the work that the various provinces are doing in uncovering talents and bringing them to us in the federation. We can be very optimistic for the future because we have a large talent base in Spain. Many of the players will be in the first division in a few years – and in the senior national team."

Spain team analysis

Spain team analysis

• 1-4-3-3 with high defence, two screening players in rotating midfield
• Possession play, neat combinations, quick short passing in attacking third
• Comfortable under pressure; multiple options for ball-carrier
• Good wing play with Asensio cutting in; Pedraza staying wide; full-backs supporting
• Ceballos the playmaker; Rodrigo the midfield anchor; Merino balancing the triangle
• Patient construction, fast attack-to-defence transitions
• Tactical maturity, anticipation, reading of game, loyalty to playing philosophy