A heavy hitter in World Cup contention, Spain are here and ready to re-stake their claim atop European and World football. Flush with top tier talent, Spain are to be taken seriously by all competition and are currently sitting behind only Brazil and Germany in betting odds. Their team is solid from front to back, and will look to dominate possession with a world class midfield waiting to pounce on opportunities worked into existence.
(Some of the many) players to watch for Spain:
Sergio Busquets – Ask any Barcelona fan, player, hater, or bystander who that team relies upon to organize them, keep them tight on defense, and manage the game – its Sergio Busquets. The defensive midfielder is an absolute beast in possession and link up play. He is no spring chicken at 29 years old, and wont fill the score sheet (1 goal, 5 assists this season) but he is the definition on intangible player for an elite team like Barcelona, which will translate onto the field for Spain.
David de Gea – I’ll say it, he is the undisputed best keeper in the world (sorry Neuer fans) and he proved it this season. At Manchester United, he was rarely off form in 2017/18. 18 clean sheets in league play with four more in Champions League play; he is definition of game stealer and elite. Big game player and total gamer, de Gea will bring it for Spain this tournament.
Iago Aspas – Maybe a bit of a weird pick on a team with so much talent but Aspas, 31, is a legit goal scorer in one of the toughest leagues in the world. Not on either Madrid team or Barcelona, Aspas netted 22 goals this year, following up 14 and 19 goal seasons. Without elite talent he can put em in the net, and given the chance with the Spanish first team, look out!
With only Portugal challenging for a spot to escape the group stage, Spain should cruise through Iran and Morocco. The team is so deep and boasts players like David Silva, Iniesta, and Isco in the midfield attack who can embarrass players at will. They have an aging team, and unlike some other contender teams like Germany, Belgium, and France, they are not taking this opportunity to overwhelm the first team in young players to introduce them to international duty. Spain are all in, and we’d all be smart to believe they can do it!