ERIC, STARTER IN THE EURO WITH SPAIN
The two faces of Eric: From a substitute with Pep to a starter with Luis Enrique
Published:1/07/2021 - 10:14h
Updated:1/07/2021 - 10:14h
Eric García is in the European Championship thanks to the full confidence of a Luis Enrique who has not stopped counting on him despite having played almost nothing at City. Guardiola did not count on him, but for the coach he is now a starter
Eric García was one of the big novelties that entered Luis Enrique against Slovakia in the third meeting of the phase of groups of the Euro. The seleccionador Spanish decided to do without Pau Torres in the centre of the defence to bet by the flamante signing of the FC Barcelona. The one of Martorell debuted to the big with Spain in this Eurocopa and completed a meeting more than remarkable, especially in exit of balloon, where is a teacher.
After this good party, the technician also trusted he against Croatia, where went back to go out of start giving again good feelings. Right now there is not doubt that the Catalan is practically title indisputable for the Asturian technician, that has been key so that it was playing this Euro. Without his full confidence, the defender would not have gone to the tournament, since by own merits could not deserve it by his fault of opportunities in the City.
Pep Guardiola grieve trusted Eric the past course and the so alone defence played with the ones of Manchester 12 meetings in all the campaign between all the competitions. In total were 858 minutes that with another trainer in Spain never had allowed him play the Eurocopa. Nevertheless, Luis Enrique always left clear that it was one of his men of confidence and now is showing it giving him the titularity.
The new footballer of the Barça has happened in no a lot of weeks to be the last of the row for Guardiola to be key for the seleccionador Spanish. Two entirely opposite realities and two distinct faces of the player, that with the combined Spanish is showing all his qualities. In Manchester, unfortunately, did not have neither the confidence neither the occasions to do it along the season 20/21.
The two faces of Eric this season
The difference between what has played in the City and what is playing with Spain is brutal, as they leave clear the numbers. Between what has contested in the phase of classification for the World-wide and what already has played in the Eurocopa, everything in 2021, Eric carries five crashes and 409 minutes in total. It is almost the half of what has played all the campaign in Manchester, but in this case has done it in 5 duels of 7 possible, being alone acting in the two first of this Euro.
Guardiola Left of 'throw' of the central when it decided not renewing on no account with the 'cityzens'. Then, the technician began to bet to play at the side of Ruben Dias especially by John Stones, that became indisputable; by Kyle Walker or even by Nathan Aké, that happened lesionado good part of the past course. The Spanish remained out of the rotation and therefore peligró his participation in the Euro, although luckily, Luis Enrique him 'rescued' and now this is giving his fruits.