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5 Reasons Why Spain Will Not Get Past Second Round in World Cup 2014

5 Reasons Why Spain Will Not Get Past Second Round

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Spain are the defending World Cup champions and many pundits' favorites, but they are facing an uphill battle in their attempt the reclaim that title. Spain's deficiencies will all result in Vicente del Bosque's squad not making it past the second round in this year's World Cup.

Here are the five reasons why there will not be a repeat winner in the 2014 World Cup.

5. Dropped Points Against Leads To Brazil

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5. Dropped Points Against Leads To Brazil

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Any sort of dropped points against a Chilean squad playing on their home continent will be tough to overcome, as both Spain and Holland will be conservative in their opening match. If they are to get second place in the group stage, a second-round matchup against Brazil will have the defending champions as second favorite.

4. Lack of Striker Options

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4. Lack of Striker Options

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Spain have a number of decent options up top that include Fernando Torres, Fernando Llorente, David Villa, Álvaro Negredo and Diego Costa, but none of them are game changers. As a result, Spain will have to resort to their midfielders for goals, which can be a big task.

3. Playing In South America

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3. Playing In South America

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No European team has ever won the title outside of their home soil.

2. Complacency

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2. Complacency

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Spain, the defending World Cup Champion and two-time defending European Champion, has all the makings of a team that could suffer from complacency. Manager Vicente del Bosque must find a way to motivate his squad to play with a chip on their shoulder or their quest for a second World Cup title will be doomed.

1. Center Backs

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1. Center Backs

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Spain has long lacked a true center back, and this year is no different. Sergio Ramos will slide into the middle with Shakira’s husband, Gerard Pique, but their lack of a true central defender has the potential to bite them at the most inopportune time.