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Analysis Of Spain NT Ahead Of FIFA World Cup In Russia

The mighty Spanish squad or the ‘La Furia Roja’ are an exuberant contender to emerge victorious in the upcoming football fiesta in Russia. Spain stands as one of the eight teams to ever win a World Cup by defeating Netherlands in 2010 in South Africa to win their first ever World Cup. The squad has been unbeaten since boss Julen Lopetegui took over in July 2016. Spain are surely one of the favourites to lift the World Cup in Russia but first they need to make an impact at their exciting Group B consisting of Portugal Morocco and Iran besides them. Let us take a look at their squad.

SQUAD ANALYSIS:

○ GOALKEEPING :

The Manchester United saviour David De Gea is undoubtedly the first choice for gaffer Lopetegui after the dispense of former captain Iker Casillas, alongside Pepe Reina ( Napoli ) as a Substitute and Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao) as the third choice. The goalkeepers’ list looks very robust as they are expected to keep the gates closed for the opponents.

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○ DEFENCE :

The sturdy Spanish defence includes Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique as Center Backs. The Real Madrid skipper has been declared the Spanish leader. The Barcelona center-back Pique is also a very important part of the Spanish Football Team. In the full back position, Barcelona’s Jordi Alba and Madrid’s Dani Carvajal are also guaranteed of their places in the squad this summer. The list contains the other talented lads including Nacho Fernandez, Gerard Pique, Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Cesar Azpilicueta ( Chelsea) and so on.

○ MIDFIELD:

The Barcelona legend Andrés Iniesta is accompanied by very talented players like Sergio Busquets ( FC Barcelona), Saul Niguez, Koke (both Atletico Madrid), Isco, Marco Asensio (both Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City). The La Roja midfielders are experienced and regular first team players for their respective teams and are expected to not let a single ball sip in through them. Manchester United’s Juan Mata has also drifted out of the scene since the arrival of Lopetegui. Mata’s club-mate Ander Herrera has never quite forced his way into the national team and is an unsurprising omission.

○ FORWARD:

The Forward line up includes Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Rodrigo (Valencia), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid). Former Spanish forward David Villa has been omitted out of the squad alongside Alvaro Morata who has been very disappointing since he joined Chelsea. Although Diego Costa, Aspas and Lucas Vasquez look very promising forwards for the team and are expected to score past the keepers frequently but the omission of Morata has acted as an eye-brow raiser.

PROBABLE FORMATIONS :

4-1-3-2 / 4-3-3

1. David De Gea
2. Sergio Ramos ( C )
3. Gerard Pique
4. Jordi Alba
5. Dani Carvajal
6. Sergio Busquets
7. Andres Iniesta
8. David Silva
9. Isco
10. Marco Asensio
11. Diego Costa

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TEAM RATING :

○GOALKEEPER RATING : 9/10
○DEFENCE RATING : 8/10
○MIDFIELD RATING : 8/10
○FORWARD RATING : 7/10
○OVERALL RATING : 8/10

PAST RECORD IN WORLD CUP :

The 2010 World Cup has been marked as the most successful and era-defining for the Spanish team as they qualified as the Finalists lifting the Cup later that day on 11th of July at Johannesburg by defeating a very tough Dutch Side. The 2014 World Cup has been very disappointing for the Spanish side as they got knocked out from the group stages while the Netherlands taking their revenge alongside Chile, progressed to the knockout stage.

RECENT FORM :

Spain has recently played against Germany, Argentina, Costa Rica having very decent results and not losing a single match. The squad looks ready and very determined to deliver some wonderful performance at Russia. Since gaffer Julen Lopetegui has been in charge for the Spaniards they haven’t lost a single match.The side looks very confident to secure a very respectable position or even lift the World Cup this year if things fall in place.

WORLD CUP FIXTURES :

○15/06/2018 SPAIN vs PORTUGAL
○20/06/2018 SPAIN vs IRAN
○25/06/2018 SPAIN vs MOROCCO

Spain world cup squad

Coach/Manager’s Quotes:

Julen Lopetegui as a manager looks very passionate to lead the squad to it’s supreme success, as he quoted
“It took us five minutes to finalise things. It was very easy. It’s the best for the national team.”
Lopetegui replaced the hugely-successful Vicente Del Bosque as Spain coach after Euro 2016 and has enjoyed an impressive start to life in the hotseat. “We arrived with the mentality of working hard, and we’ll continue with the mentality of working hard.
“We’re pleased with what we’ve done and we’re excited about what’s to come.” The Spanish Boss has shown celerity of growth in the Spanish Side as they’re in a very positive position for the 21st World Cup.

WRITER’S TAKE:

The team famous for it’s superstars and their passing abilities can never be taken off the list as they have huge potential in their squad, the side is promulgated to make wonders as they have very talented players in all the positions and all of them are in a jovial status. The skipper is about to lead his club to Champion’s League final and looks very determined to do the same at Russia for his nation. All over The Spanish Football Team is always expected to do wonders and they are a very likely squad to finish off at the top of the pack.