Gareth Bale does not show up for the first English test

2018 Oct 11

Spain is cited with England on Monday in Seville, in the decisive battle of the Nations League, but before it will be tested against Wales, a pocket edition of the same football. Because of the 25 summoned by Ryan Giggs, 23 (all but Gareth Bale and Smith, of Twente) play in Britain. It is undoubtedly the most disadvantaged British team throughout history (a single participation in a World Cup), perhaps for demographic reasons (just three million inhabitants), but it is very close to the best moment in its history: the European Championship of 2016, in which he reached the semifinals.Since then everything has gotten worse. It did not reach him to reach the World Cup, despite losing only one game in the qualifying phase, and Chris Coleman, the coach who took him so close to the top, resigned in January to sign for Sunderland, although the locker room He begged to stay. Now the team is in the hands of Ryan Giggs, perhaps the greatest legend of Welsh football, but with a very limited experience on the bench: 51 games as assistant David Moyes at Manchester United, four as the first interim coach and 103 as assistant Louis van Gaal This will be his sixth match at the head of Wales. So far he has recorded two victories, two defeats and one draw.Handles, in any case, a modest group. More than half of those summoned play in the second English and only four have a market value greater than ten million. His greatest asset, Gareth Bale, touched, will not play. They prefer to reserve it for the duel on Tuesday against Ireland, valid for the B League of the new continental tournament. An absence more than sensitive. "When he speaks in the dressing room, all the young people listen to him," says Giggs, who gave him the captaincy, for the first time, after 72 games, in the last match against Denmark. Here, unlike what happens in Madrid, is not under suspicion.Giggs began his journey by grouping the team around a 3-4-3, but now he draws it with 4-2-3-1. He assures that everything is still to be done: "It is a young group led by a new coach with new ideas. This takes time. We are learning and we hope that soon that will be reflected in the field ".Alcácer goes up, Rodrigo goes downLuis Enrique will also reserve players for the Villamarín and will face the setback of having lost two titleholders, Carvajal and Isco, hardly replaceable. Perhaps Jonny debuts, right-back left, on the right, and it is likely that Kepa is the goalkeeper. Gayà is not expected, touched, and Marcos Alonso is. There is also curiosity about the choice in the attack. Alcácer, absent from the first list, has scored six goals in 81 minutes in the Bundesliga. Resurrections so express are not very common. Rodrigo, who was his first choice, started as substitute the last two matches of Valencia. And Morata, who returned in the previous call after missing the World Cup, did not play a minute.The first impression of the new era has been magnificent. And also the results and the data: two victories of merit, 13 shots per game average, 728 passes with 92.5% accuracy and 61% possession. Evolution and not revolution, as the technician announced from his presentation. The thing worked with real fire. Today, in a friendly game, you can examine those who heated the bench against England and Croatia.