MADRID, Dec. 6 (.) –
The Spanish soccer team will seek the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar this Tuesday, for which they will need to get rid of one of the revelations of the tournament, Morocco, a rival that has shown great physical and defensive strength, and that has a lot of talent in its attacking zone, leaving behind his, on occasions, anarchy and indiscipline. We analyze line by line the team led by Walid Regragui, who has barely modified an eleven that can be recited almost by heart and with familiar names.
1. Goal. Despite his absence shortly after the start of the second match against Belgium due to untimely dizziness, Yassine Bono is the undisputed headline of the ‘Atlas Lions’. Sevilla’s goalkeeper, Zamora Trophy from last season in LaLiga Santander, may be capable of embittering any team with his good and quick actions under the sticks. Skilled in one-on-one, it is rare to see him make gross mistakes and he has already accumulated a lot of experience after consolidating himself as the keeper of the goal for the Sevilla team.
2. Defense. Morocco has a very solid defense, which so far has only conceded one goal and has hardly conceded any chances, with a lot of speed on the wings and firmness in the middle. The North African team has in Achraf Hakimi, a PSG winger, and Noussair Mazraoui, from Bayern, two ‘daggers’ that will surely force Luis Enrique’s wingers to work hard, with special mention for the ex-madridista, who also has a good scoring ability despite to your position.
In the center of defense, Regragui has two ‘bosses’ who know and master their trade well in the figures of Roman Saiss, an experienced 32-year-old central defender for Turkish Besiktas and with the leadership given by his captain’s armband, and Nayef Aguerd, younger (26 years old) and who plays for English West Ham.
3. Midfield. Morocco has one of its key players in the middle and who will be the main one in charge of deactivating the theoretical area where Spain is superior. Sofyan Amrabat, a Fiorentina footballer and brother of Nordin, who played in Leganés and Málaga, is signing a real display in this World Cup and is acting as the ‘engine’ of the North African team.
At his side, he will have the help of the young Azzedine Ounahi, a 22-year-old player from French Angers and one of the best dribblers in Ligue 1, and Regragui hopes to have the other starting theorist in the middle, Selim Amallah (Standard de Liège). ), in charge of connecting with the trio above. If he is not available, his place should be taken by Abdelhamid Sabiri, a Sampdoria player who has already scored from a free kick against Belgium.
4. Front. ‘The Lions of the Atlas’ can boast of an offensive trident capable of threatening any defense and that will require a lot of concentration from the Spanish, who will have to pay attention mainly to the talent that flows from the flanks of Hakim Ziyech and Sofiane Boufal.
Ziyech is recovering in Qatar the smile that he can hardly show in London and in the Premier League where his tremendous left foot does not quite shine as it did with Ajax. Full of talent, the winger, who usually plays with a different leg, is an unpredictable player, with a character that can get him out of a game, but on a good day he can become decisive. On the other side is Boufal. The Angers player, who went through Celta, is another of the most talented on his team, in his case it’s the luck of continuously facing him and whom César Azpilicueta or Dani Carvajal must hold on well.
Both are in charge of supplying the Moroccan number 9 with balls, Sevilla player Youssuf En-Nesyri, a dangerous player who is not having his best start to the season, but who is Morocco’s best scoring weapon. With spaces, because of his speed, he can be a pain in the ass.