‘Battle’ with Germany in the quarterfinals, 4 Spanish players unexpectedly absent from training

‘Battle’ with Germany in the quarterfinals, 4 Spanish players unexpectedly absent from training

According to Marca, in the latest training session of the Spanish team, preparing to face host Germany in the quarter-finals of EURO 2024, 4 important players were absent.

Accordingly, Nico Williams, Lamine Yamal, Fabian Ruiz and Laporte are the ones who have not trained with the Spanish team . Notably, these are all important players of coach Luis de la Fuente and often play in the first team. In particular, Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal are the 63-year-old coach’s favorite winger pair. Not only possessing youth, speed and technique, Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal both have the ability to finish and create extremely well. Nico Williams has so far had 1 goal, 1 assist and Lamine Yamal has also set up 2 times for his teammates to score.

Meanwhile, Fabian Ruiz and Laporte play an important role in the midfield of the Spanish team. “La Roja” relies heavily on possession-based play and the duo have done a great job in the past matches.

'Battle' with Germany in the quarter-finals, 4 Spanish players unexpectedly absent from training - Photo 1.

Spain team trains without full squad

Marca added that all players did not suffer any injuries. The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has not yet released any information about these four players. At the end of the training session, reporters saw Laporte appear but he just stood watching his teammates practice without participating.

Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal playing rock-paper-scissors

While Spanish reporters were confused about why Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal were absent, the RFEF suddenly posted a video of the duo. Accordingly, Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal appeared and started playing rock-paper-scissors to see who would drink the water first.

This is Nico Williams’ favorite game and this player uses it to resolve “disputes” when eating dessert and drinking orange juice with Lamine Yamal. Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal are even so funny that they accept Alejandro Balde – another young player in the Spanish team, only 20 years old – as their godfather. RFEF also had a conversation with Nico Williams and Lamine Yamal but did not mention the issue of absent training. The interview only revolved around both of their experiences at EURO 2024 in a relaxed atmosphere.

'Battle' with Germany in the quarter-finals, 4 Spanish players unexpectedly absent from training - Photo 2.

Nico Williams (left) and Lamine Yamal make a surprise appearance

RFEF

'Battle' with Germany in the quarter-finals, 4 Spanish players unexpectedly absent from training - Photo 3.

The two are close friends on and off the field.

REUTERS

Before the “big battle” between Spain and Germany, the Spanish media is very confident about their ability to knock the host of EURO 2024 out of the tournament. ESPN commented : “The Spain that makes European teams fear is Germany. We have not lost an official match against Germany since 1988. When facing this opponent, the Spanish team is very lucky to score. Especially, every time the Spanish team won a major title like EURO 2008, World Cup 2010, the German team was our loser.”

Marca newspaper mentioned the unforgettable defeat of the Germans against Spain: “Spain 6-0 Germany, that match took place in Seville, November 17, 2020. The Spanish team only needed to win to be able to enter the Nation League but we did not think so. The Spanish team attacked in a way never seen before in the history of clashes with Germany. We won 6-0 and missed many scoring opportunities. This is the second worst defeat in German history, only after the 0-9 loss in 1909 against England in Oxford. Perhaps the Germans are still haunted by this historic defeat”.

 

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