Spain is another big name in FIFA World Cup 2018. After poor performance in 2014, Spain has the responsibility to remove this scratch eyeing on 2018.
Spain boss Julen Lopetegui already has chosen his 23 man squad for World Cup Finals. Some of the big names left out for 2018 world cup. After Lopetegui take the charge, Spain is undefeated in their qualifying and friendly campaign.
They have won comfortably against Italy (3-0), Liechtenstein (8-0) and Argentina (6-1). New faces of 23 man squad of Spain are enough potential to assist their team rule out the curse of FIFA World Cup 2014.
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Spain Squad in World Cup 2018
Spain got a squad of experience and value. Iniesta, Ramos De Gea, Carvajal have been the biggest names for their respective club. The new sensations Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vasquez all are set for stepping up in a new era.
Goalkeepers: Pepe Reina (Napoli), David de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)
Center Backs: Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Nacho (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (FC Barcelona)
Full Backs: Jordi Alba (FC Barcelona), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona), Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vasquez (Real Madrid), Saul Niguez, Koke (Atletico Madrid), David Silva (Manchcester City), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo (Valencia), Iago Aaspas (Celta Vigo)
Spain was always rich in their goalkeeper position. Before 2016, Iker Casillas was the one and only for Spain National Team.
Every other was the second choice. Even Victor Valdes one of the best goalkeepers in the world appeared only 20 occasions for Spain XI.
Now the position is open for all and David De Gea charging up to enrich his career. Pepe Reina was also the victim of Casillas era.
The 36 year goalkeeper has a good chance if De Gea stays down. Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will back up his seniors in this summer.
Spain has a match winning defense that is able to hypnotize the forwards of any teams in the world.
The rock solid defense of Spain conceded only 3 goals in the qualifying round. They have Ramos the third best scorer in this team.
Dani Carvajal, Nacho is regular player in defense of Real Madrid. Gerard Pique the best centre back of FC Barcelona after Carles Puyol will pair with Ramos. He is also a sweet header for a must win occasion.
Jordi Alba the fastest runner of FC Barcelona will play the role of left back in FIFA World Cup 2018. There are some other new faces that might be spectacular alternatives. If Lupetegui chose Ramos as the specialist right back the pair with Alba in left would dominate other teams.
Other options of full backs are also consistent choice for their respective team.
This is the place where Spain is affluent in options to prevail any odds. Even they have played many matches without any specialist forwards depending in this midfield combination. Experienced Busquets along with legendary Iniesta and their highest goal scorer in this team David Silva can break the spine of any teams against them.
If they got any hitch or go low Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich, Koke and Saul Niguez from Atletico will take charge in no time. What about the rising talents of Real Madrid?
Isco is a continual for his club and 22 years Asensio is always sensational as alternative. Though Lucas Vasquez got a little chance to display, he was extravagant in his position.
After the fall of David Villa there was less importance for forwards in Spain XI. They are totally depended on their midfielders in most openings. But they have some firepower in their forward position too.
Diego Costa was not up to the mark in this season with just only 7 goals in 23 appearances for his respective club Atletico Madrid. His spot was covered well by Antoine Griezmann. But Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia has a better season with 19 goals with 4 assists. He might be a good choice to fill the front of his team in Russia.
It’s a late chance for the number 10 forward Iago Aaspas of Celta Vigo has passed pretty decent season with 25 goals from 37 appearance as well as 5 assists.
Spain Schedule in FIFA World Cup 2018
- 15 June 2018 – Spain v Portugal – Fisht Stadium, Sochi
- 20 june 2018 – Spain v Iran – Kazan Arena, Kazan
- 25 June 2018 – Spain v Morocco – Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Who will change the game?
There are many new faces who can be the game changer for Spain. However the older guys are yet stronger. Andres Iniesta is magical in midfield as well as Sergio Ramos might attack when it is real need in a big event.
Gerard pique and Thiago Alcantara has also the ability to rule the field. Don’t forget Isco who might be important as well as Asensio.
Spain is clearly favorite for clinching their second FIFA World Cup title. But they will come afterwards Brazil, Germany and France because of lacking Specialist number 10. They may lead the midfield but it is the score which will define the champions.
This is where they will feel hard to score regularly. It is safe for predicting that Spain is a big contender in Semi Finals.