Spain enters the 2022 World Cup this Wednesday with a tempting display against Costa Rica.
La Roja should not be missed if they want to get out of their group since they are certainly one of the toughest pools in the competition along with Costa Rica, Germany and Japan. For the semi-finalists of the last Euro, it is clear that the objective is to qualify for the round of 16 of the World Cup and to aim well beyond. Luis Enrique has built a team based above all on the collective and in which no star really stands out from the others except the two Barcelona prodigies Gavi and Pedri. Asked by L’Equipe before Wednesday’s first match against Costa Rica, Manchester City midfielder Rodri revealed that he believes Spain is one of the big favorites for the World Cup because of its collective force which can place it above Brazil, England or even France.
Rodri reckons Spain are among the favorites
“Today, many teams stand together. The European champion (Italy) is not even qualified. Brazil, France, England have impressive individuals. But sincerely, collectively, we are the best team. When you see the mechanisms of all the players, in attack as in defense, the way of thinking about the game, of applying the ideas of the coach, in my opinion we are the best collectively. And the collective is stronger than individualities. This has always been Spain’s strength. We all evolve in a certain style from the youth selections. When we arrive in selection, Luis Enrique applies his vision of the game but within a context where we have been immersed for years. So it’s almost innate, and it comes naturally to us.” unveiled Rodri, fully assuming the role of favorite for this World Cup even though the media and bookmakers have not placed La Roja among the five favorites for the World title, unlike France, England or even from Argentina and Brazil.