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The End For Spain? Where Did It Go Wrong? – The End Of A Generation?

Thursday, 19th June, 2014

The End Of An Era For Spain? - World Cup 2014

The End For Spain? Where Did It Go Wrong? – The End Of A Generation?

These are the questions every Spanish fan is asking…Spain are out of the World Cup for the first time since 1998 at the group stage, losing their first two matches with one still to play. I think there were a lot of things to blame for Spain going out of the tournament so early.

The Diego Costa Experiment Did Not Work – Diego Costa, Experimento Fallido

Diego Costa had a brilliant season for Atlético Madrid, with 36 goals in all competition, helping them to get to the final of the Champions League and winning La Liga. However he was not fit, and has not played 90 minutes for a long time. He is also inexperienced with the national side, having only played twice before the World Cup, only playing 90 minutes for La Roja once, against Italy back in March. Playing Diego Costa also means a change in the Spanish system, a system which has worked for 6 years with success. Diego Costa was poor in the games he played, some may say he did not get the service, and they could be partly correct, Diego Costa does not belong in this Spain squad.

Unfit, Semi-Injured and Out Of Form Players Picked

The squad was littered with players who were either unfit or out of form. Pique, Diego Costa, Xabi Alonso were all injured coming into the tournament, Xabi Alonso being the fittest out of the three. Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, and Cesc, all out of form with their clubs, with Jordi Alba not putting in his best season with Barcelona either. Iker Casillas has not been playing regularly enough, but is usually dependable, however he was far from his best, with a poor defence in front of him.

Good In Form Players Dropped

Dani Carvajal, Fernando Llorente, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and even newcomer to the squad Gerard Deulofeu were players who could and should have made the final 23 for Spain. Carvajal has had an impressive season with Real Madrid, Fernando Llorente has the experience with the national team and has played a lot of football, scoring 16 goals in Serie A and helping Juventus to win the league. Jesus Navas had an injury but said he was fit enough, and could have featured as an impact sub if needed. The same could be said with Deulofeu, who is a young player who would play with no fear and run at defenders. Negredo has been out of form in the latter stages of the season, but started well, and has more Spain experience than Diego Costa.

The Good Players, Dependable Players Of Old Were Poor

Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Silva, Iniesta and Casillas were all very, very poor. Xabi Alonso and Busquets never dominated the midfield or protected the back four enough, they were poor in possession and could not get the ball back. The passing from Xavi and Iniesta was not very good either, both were shadows of their former selves. The defence was poor, Pique and Sergio Ramos looked like they had never played together and seemed tired, Pique was dropped and Martinez came in and was not as terrible, but not brilliant either. Jordi Alba and Azpilicueta could not get down the wings like Spain teams of old. David Silva was one of the stars of the Premier League last season, and one of the best players for Man City, but he did not turn up at this World Cup. Xavi and Iniesta could not make the killer passes they’ve shown to be capable of. Casillas was at fault for a few goals, although his defence did not cover themselves in glory either.

Spain just played poor – ¡Estrellados!

Sloppy passing, not enough being created, the defending was poor, not enough energy. Spain played poor in both games, and never really looked comfortable. In possession they gave the ball away too cheaply and were not passing like they usually do. The creative players were not getting in the game enough. The whole team looked tired.

The End For Spain? – What Now? – El fin de una generación única

Is this the end for this Spain team? With a few players over the age of 32, will they do what Alvaro Arbeloa has done and announce international retirement? Is it really time for them to step down after such a long reign of success? I think some of the core players should stay on, at least through qualifying, to help the new younger players who will undoubtedly come in to the squad for the next big tournament Euro 2016.

Casillas (33), Xavi (34), Xabi Alonso (32) and David Villa (32) are all over 32, with most now coming to an end of their career; Casillas is not a regular at Real Madrid, there’s talk of Xavi and Xabi Alonso no longer wanted at Barca and Real Madrid, and David Villa will be playing in Australia and USA next season.

Thank You – We’ll Never Forget The 6 Years of Dominance – Gracias!

Whatever happens in the future, nothing will ever take away what this group of players have achieved. The best EVER international team, the best EVER squad, winning an unprecedented three major competitions in a row which has never been done before. People talk about Brazil 1970, but this group of players have achieved so much more, in tougher, more competitive modern day football, They’ve done what nobody has ever done before them. Winning Euro 2008, World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012, an amazing group of players playing football the right way.

There will never be another Spain

Gracias Siempre - Thank You Spain - Viva La Roja!

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