Spain; Getting Back To Business

Spain; Getting Back To Business
May 19, 2016

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After a very disappointing World Cup in Brazil, Spain are preparing to try and win the Euros for a third time consecutively. Del Bosque has a tough job on his hands as countries like Germany, France and Belguim are looking to do the same.

Spain were truly embarrassed at the World Cup, losing two of their three games and coming third in their group. Spain got thrashed 5-1 by Netherlands and then a 2-0 loss against Chile meant that Spain were going home in the group stages…

 

The Boss

Vicente Del Bosque has previously managed Real Madrid and Besiktas and managed some big names to back that up. Del Bosque is no stranger to trophies, he has a magnificent record with Real Madrid and Spain. His cool as a cucumber approach has worked in recent years, he will be hoping it works again. Del Bosque has created something very special at Spain too, he often gives players a chance and rarely takes criticism onboard. In fact, Del Bosque has given 38 Spanish players debut!

 

Strength’s

Spain’s main strength is certainly their midfield, by some distance too in my opinion. Spain have a mixture of creative and holding midfielders. Most of Spains goals are created through the midfield, as Spain lack an out and out striker, the midfield are essential. You will expect Spain to dominate the midfield in France, even if Del Bosque plays a 4-3-3.

 

Weaknesses

A centre-forward. This has never really been an issue for Spain, but this will be a massive problem for them this summer especially. With Morata and Aduriz the only two centre-forwards, goals will be more of a rarity than ever. Morata and Aduriz are still good strikers, they are just not on the same level as Spain’s strikers in recent years.

 

Spain’s road to France

Spain had a very successful qualifying winning all but one game. Spain were considerably better than the other teams in their group and have not really been tested, but as the cliche goes, you can only play what is in front of you. Spain managed to keep eight clean sheets and managed to score 23 goals, a brilliant record.

 

Team Announcement

Spain had massive criteria of players to choose from, Del Bosque was never going to please everyone with his choice.

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The Spain goes as follows:

 

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

 

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)

 

Midfielders: Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), David Silva (Man City), Pedro (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)

 

Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Lucas Vasquez (Real Madrid)

 

There are some notable absentees from this list, Torres, Mata, Costa, Cazorla, Sergi Roberto and most notably Paco Alcacer who has the most goals for Spain in the Euro qualifying. Was this the right decision?

 

Del Bosque refused to bring anyone on the plane that will be heading off to France in the summer who are not 100 percent match fit. This is why Cazorla, Alcacer and Costa have all been left out. Even though I believe this is not the right decision, Del Bosque said, “We’ve evaluated the situation and we didn’t want to have an overload of players who were in an uncertain situation [regarding their physical condition]; we preferred not to bring them.”

 

I do think that a mix of inexperience (players like Saul and Vasquez), and experienced players (like Aduriz and Bruno Soriano), was a good idea. They all deserve their chance in the Spanish National team.

 

There was speculation on whether Torres was going to be included, but he ruled himself out of that by saying, “I’ve been away from the national team for two years, since the World Cup, I don’t feel part of it anymore so I’d rather not talk too much about it. What I would have liked to happen, well I’ll keep that to myself.”

 

Spain certainly have the potential to go far in this tournament, doing it is another matter, though. Despite Disappointment in Brazil, Spain are one of the favourites to win and I for one am backing them to go to the final.

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