Spanish football

Villa: “It’s not easy to play ‘9’ with the style of the selection” – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Spanish international David Villa has acknowledged that “it is not easy to play ‘9’ with the style of the national team”, since their touch football causes that “there is not much space for the striker”, while saying that “on paper there are other selections that come more was rtes
in the latter,” but who is confident that Spain will go far in the next Euro.

“It’s not easy to play ‘9’ with the selection style. I lived it in my flesh during my time. With this style the opponent locks himself in the back and there is not much room for the striker. In my generation I was more comfortable starting from the left because I found more space than playing ‘9’”, Villa explained in statements provided by

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The Asturian, top scorer in the history of the Spanish national team with 59 scores and who recently announced his retirement at the end of this season with the Japanese Vissel Kobe, pointed to Spain as his “favorite” to win the Euro.

“On paper there are other selections that come stronger in recent years, but I trust my selection and a generation that wants not to make us forget, but to match the records we had in previous years. I am confident that Spain will be able to make a good Euro in 2020,” he stressed. In this regard, he noted that the Spanish national team “liked him during the qualifying phase”. “He hasn’t had a simple group because he’s faced top-up rivals and he’s been fine,” he said, before uplifting the quality of the current generation.

“It is true that we are talking about the selection being lacking in the last few years, but I think there are very good forwards and very varied. It is the selector who has to decide which ones are the best to go. We have a lot of talent on all the lines and also on the offensive,” he said.

Finally, Villa also wanted to congratulate Sergio Ramos, who has twice worn the Spanish national team. “Sergio is a great friend and a great companion and I was greatly pleased for him. He’s making history not only in Spanish football, also in world football for all the matches he leads with the national team and for all that he still has to play, which are quite a few,” he concluded.