Spain debuts against Argentina in the star match of the first round of the World Cup. A duel facing two teams with the same obsession: they have never lifted this title despite rubbing it on several occasions. The Spaniards were runners-up in 1991, 2003, 2007 and 2017, while the Argentines never went past the semi-finals and left with bronze in 1991, 1995 and 2003. For two of the countries that take care of their quarry most it is especially important to add this trophy inside their record…
Also in absences there is a tie. Spain did not have Ansu Fati, who stayed out to take center stage with his club but has not yet played a minute with Barca since the U-17 concentration began. Argentina, for its part, will not be able to count on Dario Sarmiento, one of its stars, because Estudiantes de la Plata did not give it to him (in Argentina, teams are not required to do so outside of FIFA dates, something that does happen in Spain).
David Gordo got the bad news of Yéremi Pino’s last-minute discharge. La Rojita loses a lot without the canary, although it saves the coach a headache: his place will be occupied by Pedri, the big star and he wasn’t at the Euros. His association with Robert Navarro, the talented mediatip of the Royal Society, must make a difference.
On the rival bench will be an old acquaintance of the Spanish hobby: Pablo Aimar. He first-personly knows Argentina’s frustration in this tournament (he played it in 1995 under Pékerman). It has in its hands one of the best Argentine generations of recent years: they are the current South American champions of the category and also were in the U-15 category two years ago defeating Brazil in the final… Height test for La Rojita.
Argentina is a very similar team to Spain: more technical than physical. Both teams will fight to have more time for the ball.
He’s the big star of Argentina. Spanish midfielders must be tactically flawless not to leave you spaces.
Spain has in Escobar a ‘killer’, lethal in definition. The midfielders must feed him balls in the area.