The UEFA Nations League gets underway once again later today and League A is treating us to an absolute cracker as Germany welcome Spain to Stuttgart’s Mercedes-Benz Arena.
The two Goliaths of international football go head-to-head in a competitive fixture for the first time since the 2010 World Cup semi-finals, when Carles Puyol’s powerful header set the Spaniards on their way to becoming World Champions.
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10 years on though and it’s a completely different look for La Roja; as manager Luis Enrique, naming his first squad after an absence of over 12-months, looks to blood new life into the national side.
17-year-old Ansu Fati earned his first call up after impressing in his debut season for Barcelona – becoming one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise dismal campaign.
He is joined by the likes of Manchester City duo Ferran Torres (signed this summer for £20.7m from Valencia) and Eric Garcia, as well as Wolves winger Adama Traore and Sevilla midfielder Óscar Rodríguez – who contributed to 11 of Leganes’ 30 Liga goals last season.
Opportunities for youngsters comes at the expense of the old guard though, with European Championship winning left-back Jordi Alba one of the notable absentees. He joins Madrid-based quartet Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata, Saul Niguez and Isco Alarcon in watching the game from home.
Germany, on the other hand, have been ‘forced’ into making several changes. Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry and national team captain Manuel Neuer have not been selected after their Champions League victory just 10 days prior to this fixture.
National team coach Joachim Löwe, with one eye on the European Championships in 2021, has opted to rest them – instead handing call-ups to Atalanta’s Robin Gosens, Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Florian Neuhaus and Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.
Germany v Spain Match Prediction
In the previous generation, games between Spain and Germany were typically cagey affairs contested in the late stages of international tournaments, but this is a new era.
As both sides look to the next generation of talent to make their mark on the scene, it’s worth considering that there could be goals.
Since the end of the 2018 World Cup, Spain have seen both sides scoring in seven of their away games – including conceding goals to Romania, Norway and the Faroe Islands.
Meanwhile, Germany’s last five home internationals have seen a plethora of goals – 29 to be precise – at an almost unbelievable rate of 5.8 goals per game.
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