It is only the second round of the qualifying group for the Euro, but the match that Spain will play at Hampden Park, one of the most traditional stadiums in the world, has a certain decisive aroma: if it wins, the team will be placed as the only leader of the group ; a group of only five teams -Top two qualify-, with six points in two rounds and with the reasonable prediction of adding six more in the next two games. Already in September, Spain will play against Georgia and Cyprus.
Thus, winning in Glasgow would be a giant step towards Euro 2024. It would mean having knocked out the two most powerful teams in the group, Norway and Scotland, in four rounds.
The British team also started the journey towards Germany 2024 with a victory (3-0 against Cyprus) so the duel in Hampden will measure the two leaders of the group. And both, with its reinforced selectors: De la Fuente has had a good start in the role and Steve Clarke, his Scottish counterpart, has just renewed until 2026.
The selection arrives in Scotland reinforced by the result against Norway. not so much for the game. Spain was erratic at La Rosaleda.
It combined moments of good football, especially at the beginning, with some doubts behind. The game started and ended on a high, with goals and looking straight at the rival goalkeeper, but in between he let himself be dominated by the Norwegian team. With Haaland on the field, Spain would have suffered real torture.
Improving the team’s defensive performance and finding continuity are Luis de la Fuente’s duties. The new coach, who admitted in Malaga that suffering is part of football, will have to decide whether to keep the block he played against Norway or bet on some of the players who revived the team from the bench.
Some -Ceballos and Joselu, above all- clamored for a spot in the starting eleven.
Some tweaks to the starting XI
Therefore, some adjustments are expected in the starting eleven: although the team has suffered in defense, it does not seem that De La Fuente is willing to do too many tests in the rear, although Pedro Porro may have options as a right winger to replace Dani Carvajal.
The Barça Balde player, who once again demonstrated his enormous physical capacity in Malaga, could give way to Gayà, who would return to play like this with the national team after his frustrated passage through the World Cup.
In the core, Rodri seems to have already conquered a position of indisputableand Mikel Merino also added points at La Rosaleda, although Fabián could have a chance.
In front of both, Ceballos could come on as a substitute for Aspas or Dani Olmo. Gavi, for his part, will continue as owner, unless surprise: Despite being the youngest player on the list, few like him bring the grit and character that will be needed in games like tonight’s.
That yes, the Source acknowledged that he spoke with the Barça player to ask him for moderation. “But give me a Gavi before another type of player,” he said.
In attack, De la Fuente has a wide catalog to bring in new players, but he will continue to bet on Morata as a starter. Joselu, author of two goals against Norway, will reserve the role of repulsion.
McTominay intends to start
Among those called up by Clarke, Scott McTominay stands out, a United midfielder who scored twice against Cyprus despite not being in the starting line-up. Barring a surprise, he will start against Spain.
Clarke loses striker Ché Adams to injury and is replaced by Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland. “To win we have to play very well and be patient”, warned the Scottish coach, recently renewed until 2026, yesterday.