The Atlético striker relieves Sergio Busquets of the captain’s armband: “I’m proud to captain Spain. We have a fantastic group and we’ll fight to the death,” he said.
Although we inevitably look at these games with the World Cup in mind, the immediate benefit of reaching the Nations League finals is gaining traction.
Alfredo Relaño reacts to Spain's win over Greece - which, coupled with Sweden's defeat to Georgia, leaves La Roja within touching distance of World Cup qualification.
Spain, Greece and Sweden are all in a position to top Group B and Luis Enrique has defensive issues to resolve before taking on both in November.
It was easier to define Spain before and during tiki-taka but Luis Enrique's side lack sufficient identity for the fan in the street to form an opinion.
Alfredo Relaño gives his assessment of the Spanish national team following their exit from Euro 2020.
"Spain’s up-and-down journey in this tournament has only served to strengthen this group of players as they head into the quarter finals," writes Alfredo Relaño.