Spain won three consecutive major tournaments between 2008 and 2012. Julen Lopetegui, who took over from Vicente del Bosque after Euro 2016, created the team again without resuming the team. After going out in the group stage at the 2014 World Cup and the defeats at Euro 2016, Spain returned last year and was looking a little bit more towards Russia.
It is extraordinary that Spain has managed to find the form with the same spinal cord which was at its lowest point.
In the eight players knocked by Italy in the European Championship (Sergio Ramos, Gerard, David de Gea, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Álvaro Morata, Andrés Iniesta and David Silva) play an important role in the Russia qualification phase.
Last year Spain was revived alive while keeping the same style of play. Although Lopetegi has been flexible, the team must take care of everything on all things: it’s all about the ball.
His passing style remains for a powerful group of midfielders: Iniesta, Isco, Thiago, Busquets and Silva.
The only point of departure is in front. Fernando Torres, and to a lesser extent, David Villa is the only one who is well settled with the tricky style. Spain has done its best by using hidden lies next to midfielders.
Since Diego Costa was unable to play for Atlético Madrid until January, Morata led the attack after the explosive start in the club season. But when the Costa was able to appear again, the Chelsea player seemed to be less or less at that time.
However, the Costa has not fit. He is having trouble joining a game that is getting close to the statistics. In such a situation, Rodrigo and ago Aspas are better suited.
The attack is where Lopetegui still fit into the last pieces of the jigsaw. The rest of the team is easy to identify as of 2008, 2010 and 2012. No revolution is needed, La Roja Spain is once again, but they will need to prove it on the biggest stage.
After the failure in 2014 and 2016, Julen Lopetegui has rejuvenated an ageing squad that looks set to make their mark in Russia.
What are the chances of getting frustrated?
With David Villa in the United States, Spain played well without conservative strikers. Diego Costa has not been quite organized and this is the reason why she can fight in Russia.
What will be the real objective for Spain in World Cup 2018?
Spain can hope for the best again. La Rosa has a team that is capable of reaching the final stage of the FIFA World Cup tournament. Since facing disappointment in Brazil (2014) and France (2016), the team has become even more competitive and committed. Lopetegui has retained the backbone of the team and players like Asensio, Isco, Saúl, Lucas, Aspas and Rodrigo have been very carefully linked.