Las Rozas (Madrid), Jun 16 (EFE) .- Closed the first day of Euro 2020, Spain is one of the nine teams without a goal, such as Germany, Russia, Hungary, Croatia, Denmark, Turkey, Sweden and Scotland, all perhaps less the Balkan and German teams out of the favorite focus than the ‘Red’ is supposed to be, unmatched in possession, passes and attacks once the initial series is over.
Such a drought is striking given the offensive data that Spain presents in the aggregate of the 24 teams with one game each, especially since no one has dominated the ball as much as he has, with 75 percent that no selection approaches. The closest is Portugal, nine points below, with 66 percent.
Neither has anyone proposed (954) or connected (852) as many passes as the Spanish team, above all. The following in both records are Belgium, which tried 722 and delivered 647, and Germany, which proposed 725 and hit 625. There is a shocking record in that sense: between Jordi Alba, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte and Pedri they have given 435, plus that fifteen selections in full on the first day of the tournament, even that all of France: 371.
Belgium and the Netherlands have 90 percent passing efficiency, one point above Spain, Germany and Portugal, with 89.
Luis Enrique’s team has also attacked more than anyone else. His 80 offensive attempts confirm the dominance and ambition of Spain, better than all the others in that aspect in the first phase (the next is Italy with 73, although they won 3-0), but they also further evidence the lack of concreteness, forcefulness and goal that he demonstrated last Monday against Sweden, to which he threw 17 shots.
Five of them in the direction of the goal – 29 percent nothing more – but, among all those numbers, he discovers an inefficiency that is magnified when compared to other opponents with the role of favorites like Spain. For example, to France, with a single auction; Belgium, who only needed four shots between the three sticks to score three goals, or England, who only needed two to score two goals.