If the Qatar World Cup was anything to go by, the Spanish National Team is witnessing a change in guard. Luis Enrique may no longer be the coach of La Roja, but his idea of constructing a new team centred around the youngsters is here to stay.
The midfield, in particular, has seen a dramatic change in personnel in recent years. The likes of Sergio Busquets and Thiago Alcantara are no longer in the dynamics. Instead, new faces, including Dani Ceballos, Pedri and Gavi appear to be the future in the middle of the park.
It is no secret that Ceballos and the Golden Boy winner do not see eye to eye. According to reports from El Larguero, the bad relationship between the compatriots is a growing concern in the Spanish National Team.
The captains of the team reportedly side with the Barcelona protege and have spoken in favour of him in the dressing room. Ceballos, thus, appears to be the one who will bear the brunt.
The history between the two players goes back to the Clasico in January when the Real Madrid star pulled Gavi’s hair in the middle of the field in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
The incident did not go down well in the Catalan dressing room, and the youngster struck back at Ceballos with a spiteful off-the-ball push in a subsequent Clasico.
Spain manager Luis de La Fuente urged the duo to talk out their differences in his first training camp after taking over. The coach believed that the midfielders had made peace, but that does not appear to be the case.
“Ceballos and Gavi have shown exceptional human quality. They are going to give their lives for each other,“ La Fuente told the media during an interview earlier this year. With the situation worsening as the days pass, it remains to be seen whether he takes any action against the players.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.