World Cup Preview: Spain


 

 

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The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has the potential to be the most historic. Spain could become the first team to win four major International tournaments in succession, surely sealing their place as the best ever team to grace the game.

If Spain had a weakness in that they had few recognized strikers (Vicente Del Bosque played Fabregas as a lone striker at Euro 2012) then that problem is now sorted.

Chelsea bound Diego Costa has elected to play for the European and world champions instead of his native Brazil which will anger the home crowds and Fernando Torres provides back up, forcing out Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City.

The perception of La Roja is that this is an aging side with Xavi playing in his last World Cup and in fact only six members of the 23 man squad are under the age of 25.

Spain’s reality however is that a lot of these players will be hitting peak form and the Iberian gene pool does not look like evaporating any time soon.

One problem Spain do have is that teams have shown how the threat of Tiki-Taka can be neutralized they have adapted their play too. Delicate Spain could be a thing of the past, Costa will bully defenders while Javi Martinez provides physicality in midfield.

Del Bosque’s side should qualify from Group B with relative ease, opening up with Holland who are not as strong as four years ago, Chile who are very much a work in progress and Australia who shouldn’t cause any teams many problems.

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