Spain didn’t have much problems to qualify for the World Cup. With Lopetegui fired just before the start of the World Cup, Fernando Hierro got the opportunity to lead this side.
WWith Morata out of the squad there are Diego Costa and Rodrigo fighting for striker’s position, while Iago Aspas will be more of a impact substitute.
- They haven’t changed much in their playing style, instead of system now being more fluid. Rotations and interchanges provide the team with dynamics that cause problems for opponent’s defenses.
Maybe the biggest difference is in tendency to break opponents in wide areas of the field, through link up play between central and wide midfielders. In the match against Tunisia they had problems to penetrate through the middle, due to lack of players between the lines.
- Defending against overloads in wide areas has been an issue for them, as both Silva and Isco fail to track runs in behind the defensive line after one-two combinations.
They aren’t solid defensively and lack intensity in high pressing. Opponents didn’t have much problems in playing out from the back, and Spain had real difficulties to track back and organize on time.