FIFA World Cup: Spain have one of the strongest squads
2010 FIFA World Cup winners Spain look like the team to beat in Russia this term. Spain go into the 2018 FIFA World Cup as title contenders and it will take a monumental effort by any side to stop them. The 23-man squad has a world class feel. Further, Spain are a force all over the pitch. Here we analyze Julen Lopetegui's squad.
Spain have many match-winners in their squad. There are 13 players from La Liga's top three clubs. And they have all won major honors in the 2017-18 season. The players from the Premier League, too, have been successful, especially when you look at Manchester City's David Silva and Chelsea stalwart Cesar Azpilicueta. With the winning mentality intact, Spain look ominous.
Right now, the Manchester United goalkeeper is considered as the world's best and his range of acrobatic saves is phenomenal. He won the Golden Glove award in the Premier League. Besides him, Spain have another seasoned campaigner in the form of Napoli star Pepe Reina.
Spain have left out some top defenders and despite that, their defensive line-up is as good as it gets. Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos boast of a scintillating partnership in the middle. Jordi Alba presents solidity at left-back. Dani Carvajal and the versatile Azpilicueta could fight for a slot at right-back. The presence of Nacho makes bench look stronger.
Atletico duo Koke and Saul Niguez are two trump cards of this Spanish mid-field. Even if they start from the bench, their impact will be massive. Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets look obvious candidates. Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara is another solid back-up. The versatility of David Silva cannot be ignored. He could fit in a three-man midfield or even in attack.
Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa is known for his goal-scoring prowess and the player fits in as the perfect number nine. Joining him in attack will be Real Madrid's Isco, who has been in stellar form since the last two seasons. Two other Real players in Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez promise plenty of firepower and will. Rodrigo and Aspas fill in as suitable back-ups.
Even if Spain would have gone with players who have been omitted, they would still have been one of the better sides. Overall, Spain have all attributes to stake a claim this term. Spain open their campaign against Portugal on June 15 in Sochi.