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Spain's Squad Depth Going Into The World Cup Is Out Of This World

Spain's Squad Depth Going Into The World Cup Is Out Of This World

We've produced several pieces on the sheer quality of some of the leading nations going into the World Cup in exactly 81 days - Belgium, Germany, France, - and now it's time to focus on the 2010 winners Spain.

La Roja struggled big-time in Brazil four years back, finishing third in Group B after picking up just one win in the group phase.

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It was a terribly limp defence of their World Cup crown but you'd back them to perform much better under Julen Lopetegui, especially considering they are unbeaten since he took over from Vicente Del Bosque after Euro 2016.

While their 2010 class was a special team, their options all over the pitch at present are seriously impressive and you'd be right to have them down as one of their favourites.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Starting in goal, Spain have arguably the best goalkeeper in world football in David De Gea, who has been utterly sensational for Manchester United this term. The experienced Pepe Reina, and Athletic Bilbao's Kepa are decent understudies.

A back four comprising of Real Madrid and Barcelona defenders Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba is phenomenally strong, but the depth goes beyond that.

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The likes of Hector Bellerin, Sergi Roberto, Juanfran and Alvaro Odriozola are all very handy options for the right-back berth, and the same can be said for Marcos Alonso and Bernat on the left side. You can even throw Nacho Monreal of Arsenal into the mix, if you like.

'Mr consistent', Cesar Azpilicueta can play in every position across the backline, while Nacho Fernandez, Raul Albiol and Inigo Martinez are all good back-ups if you ask me.

Midfield is where it gets tasty. You know your midfield options are something special when Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata and Javi Martinez can't get a look-in in the latest squad for friendlies against Germany and Argentina.

Sergio Busquets, the master of the defensive midfield role, will of course be starting when the summer's showpiece, as will veterans David Silva and Andres Iniesta.

The 'golden oldies' are still going strong today but Spain have been reignited with the emergence of the likes of Marco Asensio, Isco and Thiago Alcantara in addition to Atletico Madrid pair Koke and Saul Niguez. Rodri, Suso and Dani Parejo are also solid options to come into the side if need be.

Like their Chelsea colleague Fabregas, Pedro and Alvaro Morata have been overlooked by Lopetegui but their attack still boasts Lucas Vazquez, Rodrigo, Iago Aspas and Diego Costa. Bloody hell.

A squad brimming with brilliance. Do you fancy Spain to replicate their 2010 heroics?

Sound off in the comments.

Topics: Football News, Football, World Cup, Julen Lopetegui, Spain, Russia

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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