Despite the Spanish internationals getting tired of repeating that now it’s time to think about qualifying for the Nations League Final Fourwith the games this Saturday against Switzerland and Tuesday against Portugal, the truth is that The World Cup in Qatar is on everyone’s mindwhich starts in less than two months, on November 20.

The two games that La Roja will play, against the Swiss this Saturday at 8:45 p.m. in La Romareda de Zaragozaand before the Portuguese Tuesday at the same time in Braga They will be a kind of casting in which Luis Enrique will be able to make his final conclusions with his players in action. The Asturian has a consolidated group with quite a few fixed, but there are several positions that are up in the air and the Asturian probably hasn’t fully decided.

The goal

The line with less doubts. Except for a major surprise, the distribution of positions and roles is clear: Unai Simon is the undisputed owner, Robert Sanchez is his first substitute and David Raya the third goalkeeper.

Any change would be a major surprise, and this means that David de Gea will not attend the World Cup in Qatar.

The defense

Only the right back seems defined, with Dani Carvajal and César Azpilicueta, also counting on the versatility of the Chelsea player. On the left, three soccer players fight for two positions: Jordi Alba and Jose Luis Gayawho are in the call, and Mark Alonso, who has been left out. Guessing who will be chosen is quite risky, more so with the current sporting situation of Alba, a regular substitute with Xavi Hernández. And watch out there is no surprise: Marc Cucurella await the occasion of him.

Luis Enrique

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In the center of the defense, there are several fixed and a position or two dancing. Aymeric Laporte, Pau Torres and Eric Garcia are –or seem– indisputable, while Hugo Guillamón, Diego Llorente (both on the last list) and Iñigo Martínez are running to go to Qatar, while Sergio Ramos continues without losing hope. The current PSG player is regaining his form, but it would be a big surprise if Luis Enrique brought him back after his long absence from the Spanish team.


Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Koke, Carlos Soler, Pedri, Gavi and Marcos Llorente are the midfielders called on this occasion and they all seem fixed. They can play against Switzerland and Portugal with the peace of mind of knowing that they will go to Qatar, except for a major surprise.

Yes, Luis Enrique could call some other medium, taking advantage of the fact that can go up to 26 players. Players like Thiago Alcántara and Sergio Canales still have options, although they seem distant.


Guessing which attackers Luis Enrique will take to Qatar seems more complicated than guessing the numbers of the bonoloto. Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres and Pablo Sarabia are the only ones on the last list who seem to have their place secured, while Gerard Moreno should be a fixture if he makes a satisfactory recovery from his injury.

Behind them, a good number of candidates. To begin with, four who are in the current squad: Yéremi Pino (he seems consolidated), Marco Asensio (Luis Enrique doesn’t seem to mind his few minutes at Real Madrid) and debutants Nico Williams and Borja Iglesias. The coach doubts the physical condition of Ansu Fati, he does not seem to count on Iago Aspas and nobody rules out a last-minute surprise. Write down this name: Ferran Jutglà, who is standing out at Bruges.