With a spectacular victory in the semifinals of the League of Nations against Belgium, the French national team fought for its first participation in the finals of this competition.In order to raise the cup intended for the winner of the League of Nations for the first time, the Tricolors must defeat the Spaniards, who eliminated the current ruler of Europe, the Italian team, in Milan.
The world champions are slight favorites against the rejuvenated composition of the Red Fury, which, however, showed that it knows how to cope with the champions.
French coach Didier Deschamps faced minor problems before this duel, because Adrian Rabio will not be in the team due to the crown. On the other hand, Luis Enrique has a problem with Ferran Torres, the Manchester City striker injured his foot and his participation in this match is in great question.
Let us remind you, the first trophy of the League of Nations ended with the Portuguese, who two years ago defeated the Netherlands 1: 0 in the final, and the only goal was scored by the Valencia football player Gonzalo Guedes.
France take their place in only the second ever UEFA Nations League final thanks to a thrilling semi-final comeback against Belgium, Theo Hernández applying the 90th-minute coup de grâce in Turin. Aiming to atone for their round of 16 exit at UEFA EURO 2020, the world champions showed impressive collective mettle against Romelu Lukaku and Co to earn their shot at another trophy.
Spain’s first senior final since UEFA EURO 2012 comes thanks to their most complete, thrilling display since those halcyon days. There are questions to answer, though. Which players are tired after a gargantuan effort against Italy? Gavi, barely 17, was magnificent, but does he start the final? Can Ferran Torres recover from the knocks that forced him off early in the second half?
La Roja’s appetite, ability and faith in Luis Enrique’s playing philosophy make them deserving and attractive finalists.
Predicted line-ups :
Spain: Unai Simón; Azpilicueta, Laporte, Pau Torres, Alonso: Gavi, Busquets, Koke; Sarabia, Torres, Oyarzabal
France: Lloris; Koundé, Varane, L Hernández; Pavard, Tchouaméni, Pogba, T Hernández; Griezmann; Mbappé, Benzema