Spain boss Vicente del Bosque expected to pick an unchanged team as his players


It looks like being the same again for Spain as they take on Turkey in Nice. Alvaro Morata is expected to lead the line again as Vicente del Bosque keeps faith with the XI that started against the Czech Republic.

Spain look far stronger at the back than they do going forward to the point where those at the back are also the ones getting the goals. 

Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos are good for dramatic late headers and the former got the winner on Monday but the Spanish want their domination of possession turned into goals earlier in games.

Spain players pose on their team bus ahead of the game against Turkey in Nice on Friday

Spain players pose on their team bus ahead of the game against Turkey in Nice on Friday

Vicente del Bosque will keep the faith with his players who scraped past Czech Republic last Monday

Vicente del Bosque will keep the faith with his players who scraped past Czech Republic last Monday

Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos are not just secure from the back, they provided attacking threat in game one

Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos are not just secure from the back, they provided attacking threat in game one

Del Bosque took a completely different path to Roy Hodgson when he picked his squad. The England manager picked four centre-forwards plus Wayne Rooney. 

Del Bosque selected just two and left Diego Costa, Fernando Torres and Paco Alcacer at home – that’s a £30m striker, another rated at £60m by his club Valencia and a third who has won two European Championships and a World Cup.

Juventus striker Morata remains in pole position to start at the top of Spain’s 4-1-4-1 with 35-year-old Athletic Bilbao forward Artiz Aduriz as plan B. 

What cannot be discounted is that Spain will revert to plan C if they have to and that third option is the false nine system they won the European Championship with four years ago in the Ukraine.

Marca says the team will be unchanged

Mundo Deportivo calls on Spain to show passion

Both Marca (left) and Mundo Deportivo report that Spain are set to stick with the XI that played last Monday

Del Bosque is open to the idea of going back to using Cesc Fabregas between David Silva and Nolito in attack with Thiago Alcantara and Andres Iniesta either side of Sergio Busquets in midfield.

Iniesta comes up against his Barcelona team-mate Arda Turan in Nice in a clash between one player who has already lit up the tournament, and another who disappointed everyone last season for his club and has carried that lack of form into the European Championship.

Del Bosque did his best to calm the clamour for Iniesta to be crowned player of the tournament after just one match. 

He knows how important he is, however, and when the debate advanced to why he had never been awarded a Ballon d’Or, Del Bosque said: ‘The respect and admiration of his own team-mates is worth more than any Golden Ball.’

It was the respect and admiration of opposing players that most impacted after Spain’s first win last Monday. 

Petr Cech said: ‘He is one of the best players in the world and I’m not just talking about my era. I’m talking about in the history of the game.’ 

Andres Iniesta was Spain's stand-out player yet again in the first game, creating the winning goal 

Andres Iniesta was Spain’s stand-out player yet again in the first game, creating the winning goal 

There is already a clamour for Iniesta to be crowned player of the tournament after just one match

There is already a clamour for Iniesta to be crowned player of the tournament after just one match

But del Bosque insists the respect of his team-mates is more important to Iniesta than any awards

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