The Perfect Hat-Trick: Can Spain Make It Three In A Row?
March 07, 2016
Let’s face it, the World Cup wasn’t exactly a triumph for Spanish football. In fact, many described it as the death of tika-taka. Vincente del Bosque’s men crashed out in dramatic fashion losing 2-0 to Chile and 5-1 at the hands of the Netherlands.
Despite this del Bosque kept his job and built strongly in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign losing only once and conceding just three goals during this time. So, with Euro 2008 and 2012 in the bag, Austria, Switzerland, Poland and Ukraine conquered, can they invade France and clinch the title next summer?
There’s of course been a changing of the guard with Spain. Fernando Torres, David Villa, Carles Puyol, and Xavi are no longer figures in the side, whilst it can be argued Iker Casillas could be replaced for the tournament by David De Gea, who is possibly the world’s finest goalkeeper right now, which could see a new found vigour in the team.
The likes of Iniesta, Fabregas, Silva, and Pique will also add the experience every tournament side needs, giving Spain a real chance despite what happened two years ago.
Xavi certainly believes so stating, “Why can’t these players win the tournament in France.
“The level of players in Spain is exceptionally high, especially in the midfield where there are so many top talents to choose from.”
And top talents there are. It’s unlikely Spain will suffer the same fate as they did in the World Cup, although the forward line could cause some problems. There have been calls for Diego Costa to be dropped by the team, particularly with his poor form in the Premier League, with Morata possibly the man to lead the line in France. Additionally, Pedro will also have to re-find some form ahead of the tournament, but should that happen, they’ll be a real force.