Spain have cemented top position in Group 4 of the UEFA Nations League after a 1-0 victory over Switzerland. The group was no walk-over, as countries likes of Germany, Switzerland, and Ukraine all featured. Luis Enrique experimented with the side, playing without a true number nine. Mikel Oyarzabal was positioned as a false nine, but had the freedom to interchange with Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres. The ever impressive Dani Olmo was placed in midfield alongside Mikel Merino and veteran, Sergio Busquets. It was Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos who captained the side, playing as a right center back, in order to accommodate his left foot partner, Pau Torres.
Sergio Ramos played the whole 90 minutes against Switzerland and was a stand-out performer. Ramos had 8 recoveries in this match (highest on the team), won 8/10 of his 50/50 duels (highest on the team), and completed 11/12 long balls (highest on the team).
Sergio Ramos vs. Suiza:— Albert Ortega (@AlbertOrtegaES1) October 10, 2020
• 105 toques (1º)
• 77 pases (93% acierto, 2º)
• 11/12 balones en largo (1º)
• 8/10 duelos ganados (1º)
• 8 recuperaciones (1º)
Qué barbaridad de futbolista. pic.twitter.com/8d0mZx5WXV
Amongst the highlights of this match, was a moment where Ramos thwarted a Switzerland goal scoring opportunity by sticking out his trailing leg behind his back and using his heel to win the ball.
Spain have one more match before the international break ends. They take on Ukraine on Tuesday. If he plays again, as is expected, the Real Madrid captain will have racked up three appearances for Spain in the space of ten days. Zidane will keep an eye on the 34-year-olds recovery and whether or not he needs to be rotated ahead of the Champions League and El Clasico.