How Have Spain Turned It Around Since Disappointing World Cup Campaign

Spain became the first team to book their spot in the final of Euro 2024 thanks to a 2-1 victory over France in their semi-final clash in Munich. It was another excellent performance by La Roja, who have been the standout team at this tournament.

After losing to Morocco in the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, Spain won the UEFA Nations League, and they are now on the verge of another trophy. Here is how they have managed it.

Luis de la Fuente

Head coach Luis de la Fuente took over from Luis Enrique in December 2022, and that is proving to be an excellent appointment. He has started the job with a brilliant record. His side are now 4/7 in the bet on football  market for Euro 2024.

Spain will play the winner of the England and Netherlands semi-final clash for the trophy on Sunday. England are 8/11 in the bet on EURO 2024 odds for that game. That will be the last challenge de la Fuente will need to overcome at this tournament.

Unlike in previous years with the head coach, de la Fuente has made the national team all about the players. He is egoless, he has not been afraid to take a risk with his squad for the tournament and he has allowed the players to play with freedom on the pitch.

Talented Wingers

The approach Spain have taken in this tournament is very different from the huge amount of success they had been 2008 and 2012. This latest team is not obsessed with keeping possession of the ball. Instead, they use two outside forwards with pace to hurt the opposition.

In midfield, they have a lot of options to choose from, as Dani Olmo has shown. He went into this tournament as a player who would sit on the substitute’s bench. However, injuries to the squad have elevated him into the starting XI, and he has taken full advantage, scoring three goals.

Spain have also shown a commitment to drive forward with their full backs. Marc Cucurella and Dani Carvajal have done that well, while when the latter was suspended against France, 38-year-old Jesus Navas showed all his years of experience.

Leaders In Team Have Stood Up

Although this year Spain have called up a lot of players who are making their tournament debuts, they are fortunate to have a small group of leaders in their team. Their role has been vital on the pitch.

Alvaro Morata is the official captain. He has only scored one goal at this tournament so far, but his role has been so much more than scoring goals. The striker has been a big leader, and he has shown all the qualities a sole centre forward should have, particularly the way he has held the ball up.

Manchester City’s Rodri has won several major awards over the last few years now in domestic football for the Premier League champions.

He is proving to be an invaluable player for Spain in his deep midfield role. Should Spain go on to lift the European Championship trophy on Sunday, it will be their fourth success in this tournament.