5 Weak Links for Spain in the 2014 World Cup

5 Weak Links For Spain

5 Weak Links For Spain World Cup
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A lot can change in four years and the defending World Cup champion comes into Brazil with some concerns. They are still an extremely strong squad that has a great chance to go back-to-back. However, Vincente del Bosque has some adjustments to make ahead of the 2014 World Cup for La Furia Roja. While the midfield seems set, the adjustments are coming in net and attack.

Concerns Over the Group

Group B World cup Chile
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Concerns Over the Group

Group B World cup Chile
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When the group was revealed, the concern seemed to be more about Chile than Holland. Some have called this the Group of Death. Radio Marca's commentators said, "There are no easy teams at all in this group. The Dutch are among the best in the world, Chile are an experienced and effective team, Australia are hard-working and physically very strong. It will not be easy to qualify from this group, let alone to finish top."

Exploring a False 9

Cesc Fabregas
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Exploring a False 9

Cesc Fabregas
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Del Bosque does not seem happy with his striker options, so he has favored Cesc Fabregas in the false nine role. It is unorthodox, but Spain should settle on a true striker who can get in behind defenses that are playing a high line. Having someone fill that role would also put the best lineup on the field for Spain. Alvaro Negredo is the best candidate to start at striker.

What to do With Diego Costa

Diego Costa
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What to do With Diego Costa

Diego Costa
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Diego Costa switched from Brazil to Spain and now del Bosque has to find a way to use him given his great season with Atletico Madrid. Costa is aggressive and excels during a counter attack. However, the Spanish system is meticulous. This means Costa could end up being a second choice and used as a super sub. Will that be good enough for Costa?

Where are the Goals

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Where are the Goals

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Spain were outscored by Israel, Hungary and Austria during World Cup qualifying. They scored 14 goals in eight matches and this comes after the focus has switched to the attack. That is opposed to years of the defending being the No. 1 focus. They will have to find a plan to make the attack more dynamic against better teams in their group.

Lacking Confidence in the Keeper

Victor Valdes
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Lacking Confidence in the Keeper

Victor Valdes
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Iker Casillas has been the team captain and has the most caps on the team. He has not been playing in Real Madrid's La Liga season, but did help lead them to the semifinals of the Champions League and a victory in the Copa del Rey final. However, Victor Valdes was emerging as the No. 1 for Spain until he went down with a serious injury. After fans showed a lack of confidence in Casillas, now they must support the captain again.

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