Sergio Ramos And Co Continue Preparations As They Look Ahead To Face World Cup Finalists Croatia In Nations League Test

Sergio Ramos (L) and Sergio Busquets (R) have a discussion during Spain training on Monday

Spain continue their preparations for the next UEFA Nations League game when they face World Cup finalists Croatia in Elche on Tuesday evening.

The former European and World Cup winners trained on Monday ahead of the game where they will be looking to build on their perfect start after beating England 2-1 on Saturday.

Spain boss Luis Enrique is set to give Iago Aspas another place in the starting XI following his impressive display against the Three Lions at Wembley.

In his press conference on Monday, Enrique said he made a mistake by not initially calling up Aspas for the UEFA Nations League fixtures against England and Croatia.

Celta Vigo striker Aspas replaced Diego Costa in the squad after the Atletico Madrid forward was released for personal reasons.

‘You have an idea of what you expect from someone and after the training session he shows you that he’s something else,’ Luis Enrique said.

‘I recognise my error. I thought he had a good game, I saw him train well. I’m open to change. The team comes before anything else.’

The coach would not reveal his line-up but said his players do not look tired after overcoming England.

The Spanish players have a laugh while some have to do a forfeit by doing press ups

Ramos and his team-mates enjoy training ahead of their Nations League clash with Croatia

Croatia’s midfield boasts Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, one of the three finalists in FIFA’s The Best awards, and Ivan Rakitic, who worked under Luis Enrique at Barcelona.

However, the Asturian coach says Barca’s Lionel Messi is still the best player in the world.

‘If I talk about Croatia I would talk about Modric and Rakitic,’ he said. ‘If I have to talk about the best in the world, that’s Leo Messi.’


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