World Cup 2014 : The holders: Spain

Many may not admit it but it would terribly boring to see the Spanish win another trophy on the trot, even if they are the most pleasing on the eye. The slick inter-passing and pressing game of Barcelona may have the purists salivating but after a while it gets a bit too much and you find yourself yearning for a bit of kick and rush or high crosses into the box.

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Iniesta and Xavi have ruled the roost for so long that football as a game needs a bit of change.

That’s not to say we want a total capitulation alike France in 2002 but if they were to win a 4th tournament in a row it would just be too predictable and boring.

Inevitably the team is ageing and many national mangers seem to have figured out a way to combat Barcelona ergo Spain. Whether Vincent Del Bosque can in turn reconfigure and counter this remains to be seen.

They have an abundance of quality players in Navas, Negredo and Silva at Manchester City, Alonso, Isco and Ramos at Real Madrid and Martinez and Thiago at Bayern Munich. There is Mata at Manchester United, Azpilicueta at Chelsea and a slew of world beaters at Barcelona. The only problem Del Bosque has is deciding which attackers to leave at home with Soldado, Llorente, Michu, Torres and recent call up, Diego Costa all vying for places.

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Realistically Spain will be there or there abouts when it comes to the latter stages unless that is they falter alike they did against Switzerland in 2010. This time around the group seems a lot tighter and they may not get a second chance against Chile or Holland.

March 29, 2014. Tags: , . Uncategorized.

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