Spain Football has changed since 2010
There were worrying signs for Spain as they were held to a 1-1 draw with Norway, especially the way in which they were pinned back at the end against a nation that likely won’t even be at Euro 2020 next summer.
The Spain side that won the World Cup nine years ago no longer exists and football has changed since then.
As both Barcelona and Real Madrid are also discovering, the talented players of the past have either moved on or have gotten a lot older.
The current midfields cannot keep up with the vigorous and muscular football of nowadays.
The Norwegian players were able to walk over Spain‘s midfield with ease, with Dani Ceballos not in the best form and with Sergio Busquets not the player he once was.
Saul, for his part, had some very good moments, but also some very dangerous ones.
Fabian Ruiz deserves to be mentioned in a different category as he had enough quality, even if he isn’t the most physical player either.
Looking at defence, Raul Albiol recovered from a shaky start to have a decent game, but Robert Moreno will be concerned that not even the late introduction of a third centre-back in Inigo Martinez was enough to keep the door shut.
Spain will surely secure their Euro 2020 qualification sooner rather than later, but need to wake up or they’ll have a tough time.
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