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Julen Lopetegui plays Sudoku

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Julen Lopetegui plays Sudoku

The casualties of four of his indisputable forces him to improvise

Asensio's false nine or defense three are some of options

"When you play against Italy, players are motivated." When you play against Albania, y are professionals and y will put intensity and work, but y are not motivated. The mantra went out of several mouths this week in city of football and repeats who has been, or is, on bench, or near, a large team, a large selection as is Spain. That's why se days, in Las Rozas, under Piqué 's storm, re has been a coach, Julen Lopetegui, and a technical body that have been drilling players with what's at stake. [LIVE: Spain vs. Albania (20.45 hours)]

If Spain wins this Friday to Albania will be in world of Russia, and will be eleventh consecutive championship, an unprecedented streak that has Spain in best showcase since 1978 uninterruptedly. It'll be 40 years in a row.

And fact is that probably selection U21, or any team of first or second division, should beat Albania with slack, but re is concern in a novice trainer. A coach who also has to face game without Carvajal, Busquets, Iniesta and his two front reference center (Morata and Diego Costa). I mean, four non-negotiable holders will not be re.

True that Albania is not capped coconut that seemed to be after shining in last euro and pairing with Italy and Spain in same classification group. But that to Lopetegui doesn't comfort him a bit. "We have several important casualties, also that of Busquets, which is sanctioned, and depending on that we can look at several options to confront only thing that has worried us se days, which is to achieve ticket for World Cup in Russia," commented Julen with Stern gesture. He has rowed a lot of doors to inside and wants to tie a classification that would get, if nothing is twisted, without losing a single game.

Trainings always without clues

And you have to think of variants precisely because of those absences. By way, one that begins to be more worrying than expected is Carvajal. Yesterday newspaper Marca said that period of low can reach two months because his injury, a pericarditis, is something that has a difficult prognosis in terms of its evolution. With that premise, Lopetegui could repeat defense of three he put in Ida game or keep his classic 4-3-3. It actually does same because difference in quality between two teams is abysmal.

In training, coach, little given to give clues, put an eleven quite feasible, but few are those that are trust. "We can't focus on our goal." We've been fighting for a year and a half and now that we have it so close we can't let it go, he continued in his speech, immovable for him all week. Anor of dramas for technician is absence of his two front center headlines, Diego Costa and Morata, which will force him to return to choose between Asensio as false nine or a pure forward as y are beat ers or Aduriz. Everything to go to Russia without any jumps.

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