Spain may not have the superstars that dominated European football between 2008 and 2016 as they begin EURO 2020 against Sweden but they have plenty of talented youngsters including Manchester City’s Ferran Torres.
The talented winger has scored six goals in 11 appearances for his country earning praise from fans and football rivals alike. The 21-year-old bagged a hat-trick at Newcastle towards the end of the Premier League season leading Guardiola to liken him with a striker.
Torres has scored in three of his last five appearances for Spain, including a hat-trick in their 6-0 drubbing of Germany and is in elite form which would worry Victor Lindelof and his Swedish counterpart in center-back, Helander.
Enrique’s Spain would have hoped for better preparations for their Euro 2020 campaign. Sergio Busquets tested positive for Covid-19 and their squad has been disarranged ahead of their opening game against Sweden.
Busquets’ leadership will undoubtedly be missed for Spain, but they still have a squad stacked with enough talent to see Sweden off. What’s more, the Spainiards will begin their campaign in Seville, so home advantage in this opener should allow them to get the win.
While Spain will be confident of doing enough without Busquets. Sweden may not be as confident without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, the attacking duo of Alexander Isak and Marcus Berg should strike fear in a Spanish defence without Sergio Ramos.
The Swedes have won their last five games and scored 14 in their last seven, including two away to France. They should have more than enough about them to challenge this Spanish defence but keeping them out at the other end could prove a little trickier.