As promised, Spain manager Vicente del Bosque came up with a highly experimental line-up for the recent game against Costa Rica.
The team had suffered a 2-0 defeat against Netherlands in the previous game back in April. This shock score was yet another setback for the national team and it has been continuing since the World Cup 2014. Del Bosque has been urged by the Spain fans in order to try new players for the national team. The ageing names like Andres Iniesta and Iker Casillas could depart from the national team once and for all.
However, this will give a great opportunity for the likes of Cesc Fabregas to finally establish themselves on the international stage. The Chelsea midfielder is a crucial player for the national team but he has never got the attention as the likes of Iniesta. Part of the problem has been Fabregas’ positioning on the field. The 28-year-old has been shifted across numerous positions in order to accommodate the players. This one second was the case in the recent game against Costa Rica, but Fabregas made his mark felt by scoring an excellent goal. This was the Spain midfielder’s 14th goal in 97 appearances. He will join the growing band of Spain stars to have made more than 100 appearances.
“I have something I want to say about this team meeting where we’ve been for the last five days.Monday and Tuesday this week went very well, everyone has had a great attitude, which was part of the objective of this team meeting.At the same time I think that we’ve incorporated those who were missing due to finals, those players who weren’t with us all of last week. If we need them to lend a hand, we can ask them for it, although we’ll keep this in mind for when we decide the line-up,” said Del Bosque ahead of the game.