2014 World Cup: 5 Reasons Behind Spain’s Huge Letdown

2014 World Cup: 5 Reasons Behind Spain’s Huge Letdown

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At the beginning of the tournament, no one would have predicted that Spain would be one of the first teams eliminated from the tournament. Spain has so much talent, yet it was unable to compete against two teams that were not even in the top 10. The truth is Spain made too many mistakes, and it did not deserve to win. Here are five reasons which led to Spain's downfall.

5. Came In Too Confident, Then Lost All Confidence

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5. Came In Too Confident, Then Lost All Confidence

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Spain was the reigning champion of the 2010 World Cup, as well as the 2012 Euro Cup. It was still ranked No. 1 in FIFA, and I think it let it go to its head. It thought Netherlands would be an easy win, but then it was crushed. The players became discouraged and showed a lack of passion on the pitch, which led to terrible performances during both matches.

4. Vicente del Bosque Let the Past Dictate the Present

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4. Vicente del Bosque Let the Past Dictate the Present

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Vicente del Bosque relied on past performances and made few changes in the lineup and formation. He may have put in younger players in place of those on their last legs, but he did not make needed fixes between halves or matches. When Iker Casillas began failing, he should have put Pepe Reina in. He ignored it all and hoped the veterans would shape up. They did not.

3. None of the Strikers Were Finishers

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3. None of the Strikers Were Finishers

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In 2010, David Villa was Spain's perfect striker. Although, Spain has many good strikers, it lacked the prolific striker Villa was in 2010. It would get close to the net only to make many bad passes instead of shooting. Spain scored once in the span of two matches, and it was from a penalty kick it did not deserve.

2. New Talent Could Not Create Chemistry

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2. New Talent Could Not Create Chemistry

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Although there were many veterans on the team, Vicente del Bosque did bring in some new talent. Diego Costa was the most important addition to the team, but he had trouble meshing with the team. He was often left to his own devices, and his talent went to waste. Spain should have tried bringing in its new talent much earlier to give them time to build chemistry with the rest of the team.

1. Defense Did Not Do Its Job

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1. Defense Did Not Do Its Job

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Although, Iker Casillas is given a lot of the blame, the back line should also admit they are at fault. Casillas did miss many saves during the Netherlands match, but in those instances the defenders were nowhere to be seen. Spain has some of the best defenders in the world, but they were passive during the tournament and the other teams took advantage of it.

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