Luis Enrique assures that Spain will not speculate on the result to pave the way and avoid Brazil in the hypothetical quarterfinals.
Spain and Japan meet on the last day of group E, in a game that will be played at the Al Khalifa stadium, the only stadium in this World Cup that has not been built from scratch.
How does Spain arrives?
Germany looks Japan-Spain to qualify for the round of 16 and, above all, looks the Spanish team, which it implores a victory to stay alive in Qatar. A draw is worth for Spaniards to get the objective of the round of 16, but the players and Luis Enrique have already made it clear that they are not speculating and that they will play to win. It is not good news for Japan, it can see how Spain will play with the same block of the first two games, leaving aside the massive rotations that were expected when it played against Germany ended. If we take attention to the words of Luis Enrique, Sergio Busquets will not rest, threatened with a penalty for accumulating cards. It will be clear that they will enter the eleven; Balde for Alba, Soler for Gavi and Morata for one of the attackers. Ansu waits for his moment and could be posible his entry into the starting lineup.
How does Japan arrive?
For Japan, it is a big final. After beating Germany in the first game, they did not expect the defeat against Costa Rica and having to win against Spain to ensure their place in the round of 16. Japan is a very physical team, fast and with a lot of quality in attack, which always makes it a dangerous opponent. Concentration and defense are his weakest points and those can leave it out of this World Cup.
The duel of the game, Kamada against Pedri. The Eintracht player is one of the most talented players in the Japanese team, the engine of the team. The Japanese has played 180 games in this World Cup, standing out in the creative zone, although he has not yet scored any goal or any assist. The same happens with Pedri, a fundamental player for Luis Enrique, who has played 147 minutes, but has not yet been decisive in the rival area. Japan and Spain are waiting them.
By Fernando Perez (Football Analyst, Spain)