The national team window is coming to an end, but even before that happens we will get a game tonight (Saturday) between two huge teams that will go head to head for the place in the semifinals of the Nations League 22/23. On one side is the home team from Portugal, and on the other is the Spanish team, which knows that it must win to overtake the opponent.
The two, who are in house 2 in tier A, reached the last line with Cristiano Ronaldo and his friends having 10 points, which gives them the first place, while the balance of ‘La Roja’ has 8 points. The meaning – any result that is not a loss will be enough for Selceo to finish ahead of the Spanish rival, but of course it will not be that simple.
Portugal lost only one game in its campaign in the Nations League, after losing 1:0 to Switzerland last June. However, in her previous match, she defeated the Czech Republic 0:4, having previously scored six points in the two preliminary matches against the Czech Republic and Switzerland and drew 1:1 against Spain, her opponent tonight, in the opening round.
Luis Enrique’s group comes after a particularly disappointing 2:1 loss to Switzerland, which caused them to lose the top of the house. At least in terms of the history between the two, Spain has a reason to be encouraged, this when she won 16 of the 39 meetings held in all the frameworks over the years and lost in only six. In the other 17 games, the two separated in a draw.
The one who is expected to return to Spain’s 11 is Dani Carvajal, who may take the place of Cesar Azpilicueta on the right wing. For Portugal, the factory champion from the 2018/19 season, Joao Cancelo will return after a ban, while at the same time Ronaldo, who suffered an injury in the game against the Czechs, will also be eligible to compete.
“As of today, Portugal has better players than Spain,” he stated Luis Enrique In the press conference before the game, “They have players who start in the Premier League, La Liga and other big leagues. They export a lot of players, a very interesting team.”
Approximate composition of Spain: Simeone, Carvajal, Llorente, Pau Torres, Gaia, Koke, Rodri, Pedri, Asensio, Sarabia and Morata
Approximate composition of Portugal: Diego Costa, Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Danilo, Mendes, Bruno Fernandes, Neves, Carvalho, Lao, Bernardo Silva and Ronaldo