When the ball starts rolling in Seville on Monday evening at 9 p.m. and both Spain and Sweden start with a representative team, both national coaches will breathe a sigh of relief.
The two countries are facing major problems in the run-up to the European Championships, caused by the corona virus. Two Swedish and two Spanish players have tested positive in recent days and that creates strange scenes, especially in Spain.
National coach Luis Enrique has put together a shadow selection of no fewer than seventeen players, which mainly consists of youth internationals. Under no circumstances may that group have contact with the ‘real’ European Championship selection, which did not finish group training on Wednesday as a precaution.
After Busquets also Llorente positive
After captain Sergio Busquets first tested positive for the corona virus on Monday, Diego Llorente was also infected a day later. As a result, the A-selection was unable to participate in the exhibition game with Lithuania on Tuesday-evening. That match was played by the under-21 team, by players who now form the shadow squad.