Spain Coach: Julen Lopetegui
Spain will be one of the favourites to go all the way in 2018 world cup under new coach Julen Lopetegui who was a surprise appointment back in 2016 after Vicente Del Bosque retired from international coaching role. Spain have been doing pretty well under Lopetegui since he took over and he has been forced to change from that famous 4-3-3 system to more of a 4-5-1 due to lack of quality wingers. Lopetegui do have to improvise with his team selection as the squad is not as talented as it used to be.
Possible Starting Lineups:
David De Gea is surely set to start in goal for Spain after his incredible form over the last few seasons. Jordi Alba and Dani Carvjal/Cesar Azpilicueta as full backs. Sergio Ramos and Pique to continue playing in central defense roles. Sergio Busquets to start as defensive midfielder with Saul Niguez and Thiago Alcantara taking central midfield roles. Spain do not have proper recognized pacy wingers and we can expect Isco and Koke to start on either side of the flanks and depending on match situations Marco Asensio and Suso can be used as forwards in three man attack . Diego Costa is surely first choice striker with Alvaro Morata as back up.
Youngsters to watchout for: Marco Asensio and Suso
Asensio is still young and might not start every game but he is a player who might surprise a few one given a chance. Already a first team player at Real Madrid scoring in the Champions League final he certainly have what it takes to be a first team player with national team. Suso is another name currently playing at Milan who can be used as right winger and behind the striker.
Spain Schedule of World Cup 2018:
Spain got a tough competition this year in group stage. The first team against whom they play opening match are the European champions (Portugal). The other two teams later they face Iran and Morocco.
- Portugal vs Spain – 15 June 2018
- Iran vs Spain – 20 June 2018
- Spain vs Morocco – 25 June 2018
Possible Spain 23 Men Squad: Spain squad will be announced just month before the mega event world cup 2018 kickoff. We can expect a stronger 23 men team squad selected by the new head coach (Julen Lopetegui).
|1||David de Gea||Manchester United||27||GK|
|6||Sergio Ramos||Real Madrid||31||Defender|
|10||Dani Carvajal||Real Madrid||28||Defender|
|12||Javi Martínez||Bayern Munich||29||Defender|
|15||Thiago Alcantara||Bayern Munich||26||Midfielder|
|16||David Silva||Manchester City||32||Midfielder|
|17||Marco Asensio||Real Madrid||22||Midfielder|
|23||Diego Costa||Atletico Madrid||29||Forward|