France and Spain have responded very well to the last European disappointment – when France lost the final at home after extra time against Portugal and Spain champion was eliminated in the second round by Italy Antonio Conte – but they did it with different choices.
France has decided to confirm Deschamps as coach, that compared to the past, however, has started to give more space to the many young talents have grown in recent months and that may very helpful to come back next year in Russia, such as striker monaco Mbappe.
Spain has instead started a new era with Lopetegui as new coach in place of Del Bosque. Early results have been positive: Spain is at the top of the group on a par with Italy, but has the advantage of playing the return match against the Blues at home. Lopetegui also – despite the abundance of quality players available to him – did well to quickly find a specific game identity, focusing on 4-3-3 and a well-defined type training. The key points are the national goalkeeper De Gea, the two central Sergio Ramos and Piqué – very strong in the air even in the opponent’s box when it comes to attack – the median Busquets, Iniesta and Silva offensive midfielders and l ‘ striker Diego Costa. The new Spain is always very good at keeping possession of the ball, but looking more insistently the verticals and the sides of his strong striker to Chelsea is playing great.
Compared to Spain in the starting lineup is still very competitive, France seems to have more quality and choice even in the reserves, why are favorites in this friendly where both coaches will make several changes, not to mention home advantage as It will be played at the “Stade de France” of Saint-Denis.
Lopetegui than the victory of Israle surely give a jersey holder Nacho, Koke, Pedro Morata doing stand Piqué, Silva, Iniesta and Diego Costa, also could play Azpilicueta instead of Carvajal and the second half could come Illarramendi and Gerard Deulofeu . Across Deschamps should confirm in broad terms the team who beat Luxembourg, with possible change of Gameiro to Giroud in attack, while Mbappe should find space in the second half. Also possible changes in defense and in midfield where Kurzawa, Jallet and rabiot are candidates to a jersey holder.
Probable Lineups France – Spain
FRANCE: Lloris, Kurzawa, Koscielny, Umtiti, Jallet, Dembele, Kanté, rabiot, Gameiro, Griezmann, Payet.
SPAIN: De Gea, Azpilicueta, Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Koke, Isco, Vitolo, Pedro Morata.