Tactical Analysis: England vs Spain preview

It's the international break for the major leagues, with the national teams taking centre stage. On Saturday evening, in the newly created UEFA Nations League, England play Spain at Wembley Stadium. Here is the tactical analysis preview, powered by Globall Coach.

England manager Gareth Southgate will be looking to build on a promising summer where his side reached the semi-final stage of the FIFA World Cup, losing out to Croatia at that stage.

Spain have seen some changes in the past few months. Julen Lopetegui was removed from his position as head coach two days before Spain's opening World Cup fixture in the summer. He was replaced, on a temporary basis, by Fernando Hierro who took the side to the round of 16 in Russia (losing to the host nation on penalties) before Luis Enrique took the role on a permanent basis after the tournament.

Southgate has adopted a 3-1-4-2 formation for the Three Lions which appears to be serving the team well and will likely be continued as they build on their relative success from the summer.

England found a big strength in their game was from set pieces, something they had clearly worked on and were innovative with their routines. In Kieran Trippier, they have someone who has excellent delivery from dead ball situations, and they took advantage of this in the summer, and it will be something Spain will have to be wary of. Here is one of the dead ball plays which we have broken down with Globall Coach.

Spain are a bit of an unknown quantity. A number of the Spanish squad have retired from the international game such as Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique, so Luis Enrique may adopt a more direct approach from the possession-based style which they have become known for in recent years.

Direct, not lumping long balls forward, but in terms of having quick attacking players like Marco Asensio, Isco and Suso who can run with the ball and quickly turn defence into attack with their pace.

They too showed some innovation with their set pieces in the summer, so it could be an interesting game for the set piece students among us! This one didn't quite pay off, but was a clever routine which we broke down with Globall Coach.

It should be a good and interesting encounter between two good sides, one we will certainly be keeping a keen eye on.

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Paul Harper