The match against Holland put into doubt same players, Casillas, Pique, Busquets, Xavi Hernandez & Silva. Many local Football observers, media specialists & Spanish Fans are calling for a "radical change" to the starting line-up against Chile. Most want youth, pace & more goal instinct-opportunity creators.
However, the initial reactions were more emotional than rational. Lets not forget that Spain is 2 x European Nations & Current World Cup Champions, with the same players. A "radical revolution" may not be the solution but a few touches in key areas maybe what is needed.
While Selector & Coach Vicente del Bosque meditates his starting XI line-up against Chile, in Spain the media & Spanish fans have spoken. According to the results of surveys, online voting & media observers comments, the starting XI being asked for is:
Casillas, Azpilicueta, J.Martinez, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta, Koke, Pedro & Diego Costa.
|Spanish media & fans choice|
Those being asked to be left out are : Pique, Xavi Hernandez & Silva. Goalkeeper Iker Casillas has his detractors but with third keeper De Gea injured the chances of Del Bosque leaving out Casillas is slim, apart that it would be blatant finger pointing exercise that could psychologically affect player & the dressing room.
Latest news from Brazil is that Coach Del Bosque maybe considering returning to a 4-1-4-1 system, a formula used against Uruguay in the 2013 Confederations Cup. Here the team may look like:
Casillas, Azpilicueta, J.Martinez, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba, Busquets, Iniesta, Koke, Cazorla, Pedro & Costa.
In both cases, they are SPECULATIONS. No one can say the actual official starting line-up XI for Spain for tomorrows Group B match against Chile. We will only know 45 minutes before kick - off time.