Also the Spanish National Coach Vicente Del Bosque received a barrage of criticism for his starting 11 against Italy, & in particular for not starting with a true forward up-front as a main reference. Coincidently the "experiment" was "saved" thanks to the Cesc Fabregas with his goal-equalizer, the player put on to act as the "false forward".
Most are expecting that Del Bosque has learnt the lesson & will not adventure into new untried territories against Ireland. Having said this, the question arises who will be the chosen Spanish Forward: Torres, Llorente or Negredo. This is assuming that Del Bosque will put a forward, as the man has not ruled the "Italian idea" out, as amazing this may sound to his critics.
Spanish Sports & Barcelona based daily "Sport" publishes their hypothetical Spanish Team ( & Irish ) starting 11 & they bet on Fernando Torres as a starter & they also bet on Pedro in for Silva. This last prediction is hard to accept as it means Silva will be left out & the latter is currently in fine form. But anything is possible.
|Courtesy :MARC CREUS/CARLES JAVIERRE|
As I always say pre-match & with starting 11 line-ups splashed around media, they are speculations & are definitely not the 100% confirmed teams. The confirm will usually arrive an hour or so before the match.
Until then, stay tuned.
LATEST : 19.51 OFFICIAL SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM starting 11 line-up vs Ireland: