Spain’s Rodri: ‘At a collective level I think we’re the best national team’ | World Cup 2022

Rodri Hernández grabs a chair from a portable building beside training pitch 3 at Qatar University and places it in the shadow outside, escaping the midday sun to talk. It’s the eve of Spain’s World Cup debut and he has been chatting for a while, getting on to the tournament favourites and going through the usual suspects – “Brazil, France, maybe England” – when he says it. Spain are the best team here.

It’s a big statement but it’s not delivered that way. There’s no bravado and the key word is team. Instead, there is an analysis that says much about the approach of the…

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