The third goal of England It was created in full Spanish rout. It was the minute 38 and Sergio Ramos came out playing with the controlled ball, defying the pressure of the rivals, suddenly invading the local field in Benito Villamarín. The captain looked up for an accomplice and saw that on his right Busquets was covered by Kane. When he tried to connect with Asensio it was too late. Winks cut the pass line intercepting the shipment. The lack of control that has arisen has few precedents in the history of the Red throughout the last decade. There was a shift of pressures, back-pressures and chained errors that made the Spanish players arrive later and later to annoy the rivals who recovered the ball. The 0-3 fell like a blow on the bench. When the game was over, Luis Enrique was left in the dressing room a role with a marker indicated in red capital letters: "Uncoordinated pressure … Individual errors".
Against the most widespread opinion, the game that characterizes Spain is not defined as much by the number of passes as by the behavior of the players at the origin of the maneuvers. Both when the moves begin and when defensive movements begin in the moments after the loss. The great merit of England in his victory on Monday (2-3) was to deactivate the selection at exactly that essential point.
They suffered Ramos and Busquets. The two pillars, the two great certainties that remain to the triumphant team of the cycle 2008-2012, were more exposed than ever, and with them the rest of a team that looks for new references.
We do not remember a game in which Ramos and Busquets lost more balls, which is devastating for a model in which the center and the midfielder are the first distribution channel. Ramos gave 121 passes, failed 12 for a total of 15 lost balls; Busquets made 113 passes, missed 13 and lost 15. Against England at Wembley (1-2) Ramos gave eight bad passes and Busquets missed five. The variation denounces the crisis of a model in which the imbalance begins with failures in the origin of the attack actions, exactly where Ramos and Busquets operate.
Without the control of the ball, Spain was disordered. Without the order that gave him what Luis Enrique calls "fluency", defensive efficiency was also lost.
"Spain," explained Gareth Southgate, the English coach, "is doing very well after the loss in the opposite field. To avoid it, what we did is play long with Pickford [el portero], who jumped that first line of pressure looking directly at our attackers. "
The reasoning, by its simplicity, returned England to the old British tactical path of the eighties and avoided with an unusual facility that Spanish players settle in the rival field, where their confidence grows. While De Gea initiated the play giving the ball to his defenses (his main receivers were Nacho, Jonny and Marcos Alonso, to whom he gave three passes to each one); Pickford was directly associated with the attackers (his main receiver was Kane, who gave nine passes).
Kane's mastery to manage those long passes of his goalkeeper, in addition to producing the first two English goals, led to the defense of Spain where it is worse historically: the body to body. To the physical duel in which the Spaniards always took those to lose. "We," said Luis Aragonés, "we can not collide because our basic physical condition is worse than that of the majority."
To avoid physical contact, Luis developed a model based on intensive ball control. For the ball to be effective, players were needed with an acute sense of time and space, capable of offering and associating under the pressure of strong rivals like the English in Seville. Without Alonso or Xavi, without Iniesta or Silva, and, lately, without Alba or Carvajal, the team was forced to look for executors who are up to their predecessors. If Ramos and Busquets did not find successful outings it was because something did not work as they used to when they tried to associate with Saúl, Asensio, Alonso and Jonny, and that Ceballos and Thiago – put by Luis Enrique to command the game with Busquets in the second part – provided in higher doses.
The coach already knows what the criteria of recruitment should be. You can not press well if you do not know how to have the ball before.
The destinations of Raheen Sterling and Marco Asensio were crossed in the Benito Villamarín. The 22-year-old Spaniard, a great hope for the current squad of the Red, slipped smoothly towards the inanity he has been through since the magnificent match he completed against Croatia last month, just in his last international appearance. The Englishman, who is 23 years old, confirmed his status as a great emerging figure with two goals and a tireless repertoire of pressure and uncheck movements that consolidate him as a regular footballer from his activity in the field.
Asensio seems depressed. He almost remembers Sterling himself from the 2015-16 season when, after a spell at Liverpool and signing for the City in exchange for 64 million euros, he fell into a scatter pit.
Sterling came from putting seven goals and giving eight assists with the reds and his sudden conversion into figure and object of advertising claim projected him to a state similar to lethargy in his first season in Manchester. They say that the man was so eager to play and train as to collect rings and rings of diamonds whose carat did not stop growing. The boy was so fascinated by the jewelry that when they reached the semifinals of the Champions discovered that he was barely able to compete. He looked like a footballer exhausted by 20 years of trade when Madrid eliminated City on May 4, 2016. He was 21 years old and played half an hour of the match.
This Monday in Seville the bomber born in Kingston became one of the greatest concerns of Luis Enrique during the clash between England and Spain and that he crossed with Asensio in the same band. I was in shape. He came from scoring four goals and giving three assists in the ten games he had played with City this season. Gareth Southgate, the coach, used him from the right to look for the back of the defense that led Ramos and Luis Enrique detected that he was off offering a weak flank.
Every time England lost the ball, tired by the repeated effort, Sterling remained in the Spanish field while his teammates came down to put on defense. Hence, according to the notes found by La Sexta in the Spanish booth, Luis Enrique sent Asensio to attack that gap that left his English counterpart.
Asensio, who has scored one goal and three assists in 11 games for Madrid this season, had 90 minutes of the game that Spain started losing 0-3 by Sterling. During the first part he was as dissolute as his selection. In the resumption a little more was activated. If not to go back, at least to enter the account of attendees: threw the corner that finished Alcácer, author of 1-3.