Never did one realise about the fate of the defending champions, Spain, who were considered favourites for World Cup 2014, but presently they are in danger of being eliminated if they lose their game against Chile later today. After having been thrashed by the Dutch side, 5-1, Spain needs to win the game to stay alive in the competition. On the other hand, a victory here for Chile would guarantee them a place in the round of 16.
There is no
dearth of class players for Spain, but in their game against Holland,
they looked out of touch. They did not resemble the class they had
shown in 2010 world
cup, which helped them win the world
cup in South
Africa, though the players are the same with minor changes here and
players need to respond to the loss in an emphatic fashion defeating
Chile. Against Netherlands, their tiki-taka style did not prove to be
efficient, but Del Bosque, their manager, who prides in their style
of play would not change their style, while many experts feels that
their game has been understood by their opponents, which is making
Spain's task more difficult.
disastrous performance in the first match, several players could face
the axe from the starting eleven, which includes Silva, Xavi etc. Del
Bosqe might replace these players with Koke, Pedro, Fabregas etc.
In Chile, Spain
has a difficult opponent, who are considered a strong team capable of
creating few big upsets. Who knows, Chile's victory against Spain
could the first big upset of the competition. One can see Pele's
words turning true as well, who had predicted Chile to progress into
the knockout stage at the expense of either Spain or Netherlands.
Vidal and Alexis Sanchez could pose a huge problem to the Spanish
defenders, as they are Chile's best offensive players. Failure to
stop these two players could spell trouble for the Spanish side.
Apart from the mentioned players, it is Gary Medel, Marcelo Diaz and
Jorge Valdivia, who are also going to be equally important, if Chile
are to kick Spain out of the tournament.