Spain put Germany to the sword on Tuesday night in a 6-0 affair that saw Manchester City’s Ferran Torres collect a hat-trick of goals.
The Germans were served some of their own medicine when they were downed by six goals and had no reply to the Spanish in their Group D Nations League matchup. Spain now finishes at the top of Group D in League A on 11 points with Germany three points behind them on nine.
The game from the first whistle to the final kick of the ball was action-packed and end-to-end. It was just one country who were far more clinical in front of goal. Luis Enrique hailed his team’s performance, happily acknowledging everything went according to plan.
It was easy to see how they planned against the 2014 World Cup winners. They pressed them from front to back, not allowing a single sniff for Germany to get back into the encounter. Joachim Löw’s men started off as if they were going to get something from the fixture, however, all of their attacks were meaningless.
Goals from Alvaro Morata, Rodri, Mikel Oyarzabal, and hat-trick hero Ferran Torress who scored in both halves of the game handed them three easy points. The only downfall, Spain lost their captain Sergio Ramos after 43 minutes of football played.
This is also bad news for Real Madrid, who have Villarreal coming up the weekend and have recently just come off the back of a 4-1 hammering to Valencia in La Liga. The Galacticos could be without both their first-choice centre-backs, Ramos and Raphaël Varane, both of whom were taken out of the respective international games early.
Ferran Torres – Good value for money
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But neither of them is the player we are here to discuss. We here to address Manchester City’s brilliant business of Ferran Torres. They only paid £21m for the 20-year-old forward and already at club level and on international duty he has seen his value rise to almost triple that.
He has slotted in seamlessly for the departed Leroy Sane and has done ever so well to assist Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling in leading the line while City’s two main number 9’s have been out for good spells on the sideline.
In his seven starts out of his 10 games played for Manchester City, he has already contributed to six goals. He has scored four goals and assisted the team with two so far this season. At his age, you’d think bench role and him being a future star in a few years from now.
Surprisingly, he has made it difficult of Pep Guardiola to leave him out of the starting XI, as well as the injuries to Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus playing into his hand. But it must be said, the opportunity must still be taken by the player despite the fortune handed to him at the expense of other players’ injuries.
He did just that… He took the chances given to him by the manager and has made them count.
His international hat-trick of goals already puts in the same bracket as some of the great strikers of the past. He is the first player to score three past the Germans since Englishman Micheal Owen did in 2001.
The Spaniard, who joined from Valencia for the cut-price fee in the summer, continued his brilliant season on the international stage as he hit a superb hat-trick in Spain’s 6-0 humiliation of Germany on Tuesday evening.
The 20-year-old’s brilliant treble was the first against Germany since Michael Owen for England in September 2001. (Via: talksport.com)
Yes, it is a bit premature to be calling Ferran the signing of the summer but there is no denying Man City have stolen them a gem for a cut-price. Adding to this, there have been a host of summer additions who has really made every penny count. With his value rising with each dazzling display, he is certainly in the running for the best summer transfer.
Pep and his Man City goes up against Tottenham on Saturday evening at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. An important fixture for those after the Premier League title this season — a title race that looks like it is going to go down to the wire.