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Preview of the Nations League final: Spain vs. France



The second edition of the Nations League is finally coming to an end as Spain and France clash in Italy in the final. Spain would be pretty confident after beating Italy at home. Even if key players are absent due to injuries, Enrique has no shortage of young talents with whom Spain scored 2 goals against the European champions in the first half.

France, on the other hand, qualified for the final with a last-minute goal from Theo Hernandez that helped them get past Belgium. Although France made a lot of defensive mistakes and lost 2 goals in the first half, their quick and deadly attacking front scored 3 goals, securing their place in the final against Spain.

France, who are currently world champions, left the European Championship prematurely, which is why it is important for him to win the Nations League and this will also help him improve his Fifa world rankings as he is currently in 4th place.

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Pedri and Marcos Llorente are injured and will not play against France. The appearance of Dani Olmo is also highly dubious and Luis Enrique will have to fall back on his younger player. Although Ferran Torres was substituted in the game against Italy, he is likely to start as he is almost recovering from the blow.

Spain Potential starting line-up: Unai Simon; Marcos Alonso, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Cesar Azpilicueta; Sergio Busquets, Koke, Gavi; Mikel Oyarzabal, Pablo Sarabia, Ferran Torres

Lucas Digne sustained an injury against Belgium and N’golo Kante was excluded from the game. Rabiot is also not available as he has Covid 19.

France Potential starting line-up: Hugo Lloris; Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Raphael Varane; Theo Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Aurelien Tchouameni, Paul Pogba; Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzeman, Kylian Mbappe

GAME CHANGER

MIKEL OYARZABAL

Oyarzabal provided 2 stunning assists against Italy who won the game. The player fitted into Luis Enrique’s system well over the summer and is one of their key playmakers. He started this season with fireworks after scoring 6 goals in La Liga. With France lacking first choice as right-backs, Oyarzabal could pose an even greater threat to the French.

PAUL POGBA

Pogba has always played well for France and his performances at Euro 2020 were the reason France made it through the group stage. He has continued his form through the summer into the Premier League with Manchester United as he has provided 7 assists so far this season. The low lying midfielder was also good in the last game against Belgium and will certainly have an impact on the results of the final.

PREDICTION

The game is extremely important given the upcoming World Cup in Qatar as a trophy at that point would do wonders for the team’s morale. Spain are in better shape than their counterparts, but France are the stronger team on paper and have most of their key players available for the game. France’s pace on the offensive will certainly make Spain vulnerable to defensive mistakes as they like to keep a high line of defense. FootTheBall predicts Spain 1-2 France



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