Pedri or Dani Olmo, the doubt for Spain’s quarter-final line-up

Greater dribbling and increased play finishing with Dani Olmo at Euro 2024. Pedri’s precision, his movements between the lines and his understanding with the wingers. Two players who have played practically the same amount of time in the tournament and who represent the only doubt that coach Luis de la Fuente has for the quarter-finals against Germany.

Olmo was affected by the physical discomfort with which he ended the season, due to the bad feelings with which he started the training camp at the City of Football even before the date, which prevented him from playing the two friendlies prior to the Euro Cup.

Pedri benefited from less wear and tear in the final stretch of his season, He has recovered to the occasion in time and with freshness. He is not physically perfect to withstand the pace of play and the pressure that Spain imposes in its matches, but he has the eternal confidence of the coach. De la Fuente, who was only able to call him up once in his year and a half in charge, has prioritized his club, Barcelona, ​​over a call-up after having just recovered from one of his numerous muscular problems.

He then waited as long as necessary, convinced of his ability to recover Pedri’s best form. And that is what the Riojan coach is doing. He quickly found the reward for his gamble with the islander’s double in the friendly in Palma de Mallorca, his first goals as an international. The boost he needed to return to being a starter in a European Championship. But not indisputable.

Because even though Olmo accepted the step back in his role, he reappeared in the opening match against Croatia to claim his lost place. And his numbers in the tournament fuel the debate to the point of creating doubt in the coaching staff. An assist to Ferran Torres in his only start to give the victory against Albania. A goal in the round of 16 to close the rout against Georgia. Hungry for much more.

Despite having played 153 minutes, Dani Olmo is in the top 10 of players who have shot the most in the Euro Cup. Without having been a starter in more than one of the four games played. In the Spanish national team only Lamine Yamal shot more than him. A total of eleven shots show his impetus. Three on goal. One in the net. For five shots by Pedri, three on goal without scoring.

Elm has greater verticality, He dribbles more, with six successes (one from Pedri), and boasts 100% accuracy in the centre. He covers more kilometres in less time, 30.5 compared to his ‘rival’ in the attacking midfield, 26.

While, Pedriwho also provided an assist at the Euros, Increases security at the pass86 completed out of 94 given, compared to Olmo’s 53 out of 64. 93% compared to 83%. More associative in his 182 minutes played and committed, with seven balls recovered.

This is the doubt that De la Fuente will have to clear up in the quarter-finals, as he will not change his team unless Aymeric Laporte is not at 100%. due to new muscular discomfort after three consecutive starts. In that case, he would return to the plan from his debut with Nacho Fernández. The rest, Unai Simón, Dani Carvajal, Robin Le Normand, Cucurella, Rodri, Fabián, Lamine Yamal, Nico Williams and Álvaro Morata will face the challenge of beating the host team and defying any statistics from the past to extend a path full of good feelings towards the final of the Olympic Games in Berlin.

 
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