Spain will be one of the favorites to lift the Euro 2016 trophy and retain their crown which they won back in 2012. A lot has changed since then with La Rojas suffering a dismal 2014 World Cup campaign.
Manager Vicente Del Bosque will perhaps lead Spain to his last major tournament and would want to bow out on a high. With Euros just a week away from kicking-off, we take a look at three things to expect from Spain’s Euro 2016 campaign.
Young blood coming through
Spain’s final 23-man squad sees the likes of Alvaro Morata, Hector Bellerin, Koke and David De Gea fighting to start every game under Del Bosuqe. On recent form, they deserve their chance in the playing XI as well.
Over the years, Spain have relied on same crop of players to win them tournaments year after year, however that has to change now as the next generation is ready to take the center stage and they should be given their due share at Euro 2016.
Spain are a team who rely on their midfielders to score goals with a great deal of consistency. Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Koke and Pedro are very good at creating and finishing chances for their teams.
Del Bosque will feature at least four of these attacking midfielders in his starting XI which will give Spain a constant goal threat going forward. If Spain are to do well at the Euros this summer, their midfielders will need to be amongst the goals.
Lesson learnt from 2014 World Cup disaster
Spain perhaps were too confident going in to the FIFA World Cup 2014 and were battered by Netherlands and Chile at the group stages. Del Bosque must have learnt his lessons and will be ready to counter any team at the upcoming Euro 2016.
By bringing youth in the setup and giving them a fair crack at the starting XI, Spain will look to avoid making the same mistake they did back in 2014 for which they paid a very heavy price.