Spain Set to Field a Revamped Lineup Against Georgia
Kvaratskhelia, the Star Player from Naples, to Challenge Spanish Defense
The Spanish National Team is set to make significant changes to its starting lineup compared to the previous match against Cyprus. With qualification for the 2024 Euro Cup already secured, coach Luis de la Fuente will introduce a fresh team on the field at Nuevo Zorrilla in Valladolid this Sunday.
Spain only needs one point to secure first place in the group, which would also guarantee them a seeded position in the Euro’24 draw on December 2 in Hamburg.
De la Fuente will be without Mikel Oyarzabal due to injury and could make up to ten changes in the lineup. Unai Simón is expected to return as the goalkeeper, replacing David Raya. Other players like Navas, Pau Torres, and Grimaldo may also be benched, depending on Gayà’s full recovery from a knee injury.
In the midfield, Zubimendi, Mikel Merino, and Gavi may be given a rest, while in the attack, Lamine Yamal and Joselu will also be rested, along with the injured Oyarzabal, who has left the training camp.
Spain: Unai Simón; Carvajal, Le Normand, Iñigo Martínez, Gayà; Rodri, Fabián, Sancet; Ferran Torres, Morata, and Nico Williams
Georgia: Mamardashvili; Shengelia, Luka Lochoshvili, Kashia, Kvirkvelia, Kakabadze; Kvaratskhelia, Kochorashvili, Kvekverskiri, Giorgi Chakvetadze; and Mikautadze.
Therefore, Le Normand would be the only player to feature again after the Cyprus match, although he was substituted at halftime. His replacement, David García, is also a candidate to start in the eleven.
Remiro’s chances of making his debut in goal seem unlikely. It is highly probable that Unai Simón, the first-choice goalkeeper, will start, while Remiro will remain on the bench. Grimaldo, Aleix Garcia, and Rodrigo Riquelme made their debuts in the match against Cyprus.
Georgia’s standout player is Kvaratskhelia, who currently plays for Naples and played a crucial role in their recent scudetto victory. He also scored a brace against Scotland in a 2-2 draw. In goal for Georgia will be Mamardashvili, who is known for his performances at Valencia.