Saul Ñíguez, as several of his Spain team‑mates, deny the under-21 European championship final on Friday night, has to prove a point. For the second and last time of Atlético Madrid, midfielder, whose brilliant hat-trick in Italy, destroyed in the semi-final on Tuesday, will try to win this competition, at the end of a international youth career, which started in the year 2009 for the under-16 side.
Atletico Madrid’s Saul Ñíguez is reminiscent of the night when he feared that his career was over
Saul, 22, wins his 48th cap for the young people in Krakow against Germany only a title, the European Under-19 Europe championship suffers qualify in 2012-after La Rojita surprising for the Under – 21 finals, the last time Saul on a debilitating kidney injury had secured. He also missed selection for the star-studded team that won a second successive tournament at the 2013 edition of Álvaro Morata, Thiago Alcântara, Isco, and Koke are firmly established in the senior set-up.
The players of Elche in Spain, the South-East corner was the outstanding individual performance of the tournament in Poland, with five goals from the three games in which he was to see, as the focal point of Albert Celades, the dashing team. His second, a 25-yard piledriver past Gianluigi Donnarumma in the 3-1 victory against Italy – was only a Bruma handball is a hit for Portugal against Spain in the best intention of the shares.
“This is said to be a last hurrah for the 1994-95 generation,” Saul, before Spain in the opening 5-0 win against Macedonia in which he scored the first goal after 10 minutes. “We would have the approach of how Atlético Madrid: a game at a time, in the know, it might be our last time. We enjoy it, but we also have to recognize that this tournament could be a lot of players live.”
Coincidentally, 1995 was the year in which the Spanish football Federation presented his master plan to run to the end and failure on the international stage. A closer cooperation with the clubs and focuses on the development of homegrown players- described as a “loyalty” strategy by the FA’s President, José Luis Astiazarán in 2010 – surely, you served in the intervening years, culminating in the unprecedented success of the senior Phase, between 2008 and 2012.
However, after the 2014 group stage exit at the world Cup in Brazil, the failure to qualify for the last Under-21 tournament a year later in the Czech Republic after the defeat against Serbia in the play-offs was something of an embarrassment for a country that has won seven of the 15 European Under-19 Championship title since it was in the year 2002 introduced. The departure of Julen Lopetegui, now the senior-to-Spain-coach to Porto after his contract with the Under-21s has not been renewed, in 2014, it was the blame for the disappointing campaign with the year 2015 the ranking as Spain, the worst in a decade at the youth level.
Spain Under-21s to reap from the experience of England can benefit only dream of
Celades, a former midfielder for Real Madrid and Barcelona, fought on the first, the most of the other extremely talented generation. A number of great benefits, the means has returned 12 goals and four comfortable victories, that only Stefan Kuntz is a Germany – England the conquerors on penalties in the other semi-final, stand in the way of a fifth win in this tournament, also presented the ability of the outstanding Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio.
“It is the last step, so we need to win,” said the captain, Gerard Deulofeu, Everton, who will play for a record 36 times for his country at this level. “I didn’t have a chance in the last Euro, but we are here now in the finals and came to win the last game and the last great effort.
“This is the most important game of my under-21 career, so we need to count it. But it’s not about individuals – we have a very good team spirit.”
The former Barcelona winger has reportedly rejected the chance to return to the Camp Nou, after he criticised last season on loan at Milan and has to go through some of the Spanish media for his performances in Poland, despite the excellent results. With Arsenal’s Héctor Bellerín, Marcos Llorente and Sandro Ramírez – Malaga striker is the join looks to Everton after the tournament – also his team-mate, Deulofeu has a lot to live up to.
“Some of the media have told us to favorites,” Celades. “It’s been a great euphoria that the team in Spain, but in the group we are very aware of what needed to come here. I don’t want to be boring, but it costs us a lot to get here, the players know that. If it becomes final, is the psychological aspect is more important than the physical.”
Spain (4-3-3): Kepa; Bellerín, Just, Vallejo, Jonny; Ceballos, Llorente, Saul; Deulofeu, Sandro, Asensio.
Germany (4-2-3-1): Poller Beck; Toljan, Stark, Kempf, Gerhardt; Haberer, Arnold; Philipp, Meyer, Gnabry; Plate.