There’s little doubt that Spain is one of the toughest teams for any opposition and that Vicente del Bosque’s squad are the main favorites to win their second straight World Cup.
The group that won the 2010 World Cup in South Africa also won the last two European Championships and they will have their core intact to make another title run in Brazil. The likes of Iker Casillas, Gerard Pique, Xabi Alonso, Xavi and Andrés Iniesta will all be in the World Cup – barring any injury – but the manager needs to do something with the forward line if he wants to have a serious chance of winning another title.
Both David Villa and Fernando Torres aren’t at their best level and the usual substitutions like Fernando Llorente and Roberto Soldado haven’t had a good season at Juventus and Tottenham, respectively. It seems like the only two strong pieces in the attack are Alvaro Negredo and Diego Costa, but the team needs more as they will battle the top teams in the world.
Both Negredo and Costa appear to be locks to make the roster and the experience of the other forwards could also play a role when selecting the final 23-man roster. Other options like Jonathan Soriano – who’s putting up video-game like numbers at Red Bull Salzburg – and Michu could emerge if they finish the season strongly, but based on how the forwards have played this season, Vicente del Bosque needs to do something.
Having tough teams in the first round like Chile and the Netherlands will test what Spain can do at Brazil. Although they are expected to make a serious title run, they need to have all players at the top of their game if they want to retain their world title and for that to happen, the strikers chosen will be key. A renovation process seems to be the best choice and the manager needs to start it as soon as possible to avoid affecting the team chemistry at the World Cup.