May 20, 2022

Jorge Valda believes that when the European giants face the Arnold Clarke Cup, Spain could face the biggest team of the Lions.

This will be the first time since the beginning of Serena Wagman’s rule in September that the match on Caro Road will be the first time that England will face their rivals.

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George Wilda sees Spain’s duel with England as an ideal exercise for the euro and faces players such as Leah Williamson and Lucy Kansi.Credit: Getty

And both teams are aiming for victory after a score draw with Germany and Canada on Sunday afternoon.

Wilda, 40, said: “This is probably the best England team ever. They have a lot of youngsters.

“They have players on the whole pitch who can make a difference, especially on the left, a great striker and the best players in Leah Williamson and Lucy Bronze.

“It’s a team that will put us under initial pressure with the High Press.

“And when we get the ball in their half, they are a team that is very good at deep defense to eliminate the threat of the opponent.

“Overall, I expect the game to be played very fast, intensely, just like you would say in the Women’s Super League.”

Spain, the eighth-best team in the world, have won two of their last four games against their hosts since Wilda’s appointment as manager in 2015.

And the team has won six of the six World Cup qualifiers played last year, beating Scotland 8-0 in November.

Walda’s squad includes 10 Barcelona players, including the starting 11 who pushed Chelsea out of last season’s Champions League final.

And the Spanish boss has seen his pair in front of tiger fans as the best preparation for this tough test against England, who are hosting the Euro this summer.

Unlike their rivals, Spain have yet to win a major tournament in which they reached the semifinals of the 1997 European Championship the farthest.

England's clash with Spain could see them stand against many of Barcelona's stars, including Etienne Bonmati.

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England’s clash with Spain could see them stand against many of Barcelona’s stars, including Etienne Bonmati.Credit: Getty

Welda added: “We like to play against great opponents in such an environment.

“As well as being in Euro England, this is a great preparation for this tournament because we know very well what it will be like to play in these stadiums under these circumstances.

“What can we be afraid of in this England squad – we are not particularly afraid of anything.

“We know what their strengths are – we know they have a lot of them – but we also know their weaknesses.”

Alexia Potillas, 28, is expected to join Spain’s starting XI, having won the Ballon d’Or in 2021 after a stellar performance last season.

I’m sure we’ve done a lot better since the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. We are a better team now.

Alexia Potelis

The Barcelona midfielder scored the winning goal when his national team beat the Tigers 1-0 in the Chebelleus Cup match in March 2020.

Pottles conceded that Spain’s results against their hosts had not always been favorable as England had last clashed in a major tournament.

In 2017, the Tigers beat rivals 2-0 in the Euro group stage with Fran Kirby and Judy Taylor on target.

But the La Liga women’s star, who has 94 international caps, is optimistic about a different outcome this time around.

Alexia Putils believes that Spain has improved since its last clash with England in the March 2020 Shabelio Cup.

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Alexia Putils believes that Spain has improved since its last clash with England in the March 2020 Shabelio Cup.Credit: AFP

“It’s going to be a high-quality competition and we have to be at the forefront of our game to win,” Pottles said.

“England is coming up with a game plan and is very determined and hard to break and hard to beat.

“We haven’t always beaten them when we’ve played them. We haven’t had that all the time.

“I’m sure we’ve done a lot better since the 2020 SheBelieves Cup. We’re a better team now.”

Arnold Clark Cup Fixtures

February 20 – Cairo Road, Norwich

3:15 pm – England v Spain – ITV

8:15 pm – Canada vs Germany – ITV4

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