From 2008 to around 2013 the Spanish National team was nearly unbeatable. However, in the Brazil 2014 World Cup they looked as bad as always. Now, in 2016, they jump as the third best squad to win the Euro 2016.
Spain was arguably the biggest disappointment in 2014, and it’s hard to believe they can perform just as bad as they did in that summer. La Roja, instead, will take this new challenge as a chance to redeem themselves and show the World what happened in Brazil was a fluke.
“It happens often that players are written off. And that occurred ahead of the World Cup in Brazil for example. Many people, looking at the results, said things like ‘I said they should have gone with other players,” manager Vicente del Bosque explained.
The online sportsbook Bodog listed the Spain Odds To Win Euro 2016 at 6.5; it would be their third European competition in a row.
The question for Spain is who can become the next Xavi Hernandez. The veteran left the team and left a big hole for the National squad. Sergio Busquets should take that role, but he’s more of a defensive midfielder than football creator.
Perhaps the only guy who can take the middle of the field to manage his way is Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta. He is now a veteran playmaker, who still has some magic on his feet.
“But now Iniesta is in one of the best moments of his life. Let’s hope he arrives like that in France. We have to support each other in what we see, not in what we assume things will be,” Del Bosque added.
Spain are in group D, along Croatia, Czech Republic and Turkey. The Spaniards are rated at 1.67 to end up as the group winners. In case, they ended up eliminated in the group stage, just lie in Brazil, bettors can collect at 13.0 in the Euro 2016 Odds.
Other than Iniesta, Diego Costa is the player to watch in this tournament. The born Brazilian striker was awful in the World Cup but is the favorite to finish as the team’s top scorer in the tournament, listed at 3.75. Paco Alcacer at 4.33 and Alvaro Morata at 7.0 follow him.
Spain’s best generation is now a thing of the past, but they still have enough talent to fight the top spots in the Euro 2016; after all, they are the reigning Champions. The Spanish passing game is so effective; they will dominate teams just with the ball possession. The question remains on whether they can be just as effective against a team like Germany, who can also play their style.
Anything but a victory in France 2016 would be a disappointing campaign for Spain. Yet, anything better than their Brazil presentation can be considered a victory.