This morning, Luis Enrique unveiled a list of 25 names for Spain’s Nations League matches against Switzerland (September 24) and Portugal (September 27). A list made up of 25 players in which several absentees are causing a lot of ink to flow: the Parisian Sergio Ramos, the Blaugrana Ansu Fati and the veteran striker of Celta de Vigo, Iago Aspas. Absentees who do not pose a problem for the coach of La Roja.
“Whenever there’s a list, the ones that get the most attention are the ones that aren’t there. I prefer to talk about those who are present. I have no problem talking about them (the absent ones). It gives you something to talk about, but I’m not getting into this game. I took the 25 players I consider the best for these matches. The absentees have already come to the selection. They can come back to it, I’m sure.”he confided in a press conference.
It’s not won for Ramos
Insufficient to calm the expectations of the press since it is the last list before that of the World Cup. The national coach was therefore asked to explain more precisely about two players. The first: Ansu Fati. “We brought him in in June so he could get back into the dynamics and see how he was on the pitch and the truth is he was much better. But he has only played one game as a starter with his club (since the start of the season), that tells me something. I hope we see the best Ansu again, but at the moment I don’t see him for the list. I hope and wish that Ansu comes back but he will when he gets to national team level”.
Second case mentioned: Sergio Ramos. At 36, the former Real Madrid defender is back in the fore. After a year and a half spent not being able to play more than three consecutive matches, the PSG player has a string of matches (7 in Ligue 1 already). What let him hope for a place for the World Cup. Except that, for the moment, Luis Enrique does not seem to hear it that way. “For me, it’s great news to see Sergio Ramos on the pitch continuously. From there I can tell you what you want, but I consider the best players retained in place of Sergio Ramos to be the ones I called up. The door to the national team is not closed to any active Spanish player. What percentage does he have of going to the World Cup? Come on, 80. Just kidding, but I don’t know. » It’s not won for Ramos.