La Furia Roja Bound for The Final Four
It’s hard to bet against Spain making another deep run in a major tournament.
Dominating play saw La Furia Roja tiki-taka their way into the final of the Confederations Cup last summer and serves as a reminder that they are no strangers to the scene in South America.
Spain has arguably the most complete side in the entire tournament.
They boast an all-star cast of players with exquisite working relationships at both the club and international level.
The magic of Andres Iniesta; the rangy master-class timepiece passing of Xabi Alonso; the positional acumen of Sergio Busquets; coupled with the ferocious tackling and never-say-die attitude of Koke, all wrapped neatly in an admantium-web of exquisite pedigreed and accomplished players of the highest caliber can only have one outcome, and that is a deep summer voyage into the semifinals of the World Cup.
It would be an injustice to postulate that this legendary group of player lacks motivation on the big stage.
But let’s just consider that there is not much, if anything, left for this group of players to win; the contingent from Real Madrid have just completed the ever-fixated-upon Decima triumph. The Barcelona crew is preparing for a new chapter in their illustrious history after having won everything to be had in their recent world domination.
There are signs, albeit derived from conjecture, that indicate La Furia could be less than cutthroat in their on field application having won the last three major football tournaments on offer.
Concerns about Casillas:
Iker Casillas has become a liability for club, and by extension, country. The one-day-to-be canonized Madradista was saved from a humiliating exit from Real Madrid this summer when his stalwart defender Sergio Ramos was able to smash home the headed-equalizer in the Champions League final.
But let’s not forget that Casillas’ decision making and consistency is questionable at this stage in his career.
There was, evidence has shown, nothing personal in Jose Mourinho’s preference for Diego Lopez over Iker; a decision once thought blasphemous, was vindicated by Carlo Ancelotti this past season.
The someday saint is susceptible to error and Spain endures this reality cometh the semis.
Spain turn back the advances of the revenge seeking Flying Dutchman in the group stage and march on through the tournament, dispatching the picnic-tablecloth-clad Croatians and the youthful Three Lions.
La Furia will tango their way skillfully into a matchup with the Albiceleste.
But can Lionel Messi again come good verse Iker Casillas?
The Spanish giants will make way for a new champion and depart in the final four…