Spain or La Roja as has been fondly called will be one of the fiercest teams to face in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Led by their new coach Jugen Lopetegui , Spain will be hoping to the win the cup after a gap of 8 long years. Spain looked a shadow of themselves in the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and European Championship in 2016. But now they are all set and ready to show the entire world about their massive experience and technical excellence they possess, as Italy found to their cost in qualifying. They are the team in form and are unbeaten in their last 18 matches. La Roja raring to go in Russia.
After their long serving and most successful coach Vincente del Bosque stepped down, Jugen Lopetegui took over. The entire soccer fraternity was sceptical about the new Spanish head coach, but to his credit Spain qualified from a very tough qualification group undefeated with nine wins and one draw. One of their rival coaches praised them and said that “they move the ball with one touch at devilish speed.” They not only boast of a robust defence and forward line, but also have a technically gifted midfield. In a recent international friendly match in Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Argentina was very badly bruised and battered by Spain. Spain romped to a 6-1 victory. They have their first eleven ready for Russia. David De Gea will be their first choice goalkeeper, with Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique in central defence and Jordi Alba and youngster Alvaro Odriozola in full back positions(Dani Carvajal being injured). The midfield three would consist of Thiago Alcantara, Iniesta and Sergio Busquets. Isco and Asensio will try to cut in from the flanks with either Diego Costa or Iago Aspas as the lone striker.
With such a glorious pool of talent at Jugen Lopetegui’s disposition and in such red hot form, it can easily be said that Spain will definitely pose a major threat to teams like Germany, Brazil and France in Russia.