I like the Nations League
Luis Enrique's Spain outclassed one of the strongest Italy sides of recent times, the European champions in their own back yard writes Alfredo Relaño.
Alfredo Relaño offers his thoughts on Luis Enrique's Spain squad for the upcoming UEFA Nations League finals, which begin with a semi-final against Italy.
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.
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Luis Enrique said after the defeat in Sweden that he was pleased with his team, but when it came to deciding starters this time, he gave the pack a good shuffle.
After the draw at home against Greece, losing to Sweden last night was a bad result as Spain trail the Scandinavian side by two points in group B.
Bale and Hazard accompanied Benzema in the opening game of the season, but Madrid's upcoming stars haven't earned their place, notes Alfredo Relaño.
Alfredo Relaño on Real Madrid and Barcelona's opposition to LaLiga's CVC deal, and the difference between their presidents' stances on that and the Super League.
Alfredo Relaño reacts to Spain's extra-time defeat to Brazil in the final of the men's Olympic football tournament on Saturday.