Spain and Japan face off in a friendly match in preparation for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The Red faces a previous meeting in order to reach the competition in the best way, where the combined by Luis de la Fuente wants to continue showing the good collective level it showed in the Eurocup Sub 21, but also added to high-quality players of the absolute, such as Pedri, Unai Simón, Dani Olmo, Eric García, Mikel Oyarzabal or Pau Torres. Spain reached the semifinals of the Eurocup in view of Italy, with which he fell on penalties, but has not prevented three players of tremendous quality from joining the Spanish team in Japan.
The Spanish team works very well in the collective sense, where the activation of the pressure after loss is one of the hallmarks of the national team. Against Japan he will try to maintain these characteristics such as submitting his rivals through possession and a purely offensive game.
Spain has summoned for these Tokyo Olympics 2021 to the following players: in the goalBesides Unai Simón (Athletic Bilbao), there will be Álvaro Fernández (Huesca) and Iván Villar (Celta). In the defending, Óscar Mingueza (Barcelona), Jesús Vallejo (Granada), Eric García (Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Óscar Gil (Espanyol), Juan Miranda (Betis).
In the midfieldOne of its most important lines will be Marc Cucurella (Getafe), Jon Moncayola (Osasuna), Martín Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Pedri ( Barcelona). In the lead, Bryan Gil (Sevilla), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Rafa Mir (Wolverhampton), Javi Puado (Espanyol).
Of course, the trip has not been easy for the Spanish expedition. The Spanish Olympic team could not set course on Monday its trip to the town of Kobe (Tokyo), so he had to travel the next day to play his first and only friendly preparation for the Olympics vs. Japan.
The reason for the complications in the trip was a last minute mechanical problem on the plane. The operating company of the flight explained that for safety reasons it was better to postpone the flight to Tuesday to change the plane, according to the explanation. Real spanish soccer federation (RFEF) in a statement, but there have been no major drawbacks.
When is Spain – Japan played?
The game is played today, saturday, july 17, at 12.20 hours
Where to see the Spain – Japan?
The encounter can be seen by La1 of TVE in free. You can follow all the information about the match live on the Mundo Deportivo website.