Posts Tagged ‘Spain’
June 24, 2012 by Sean Charles
Line-Ups and Formation:
Blanc surprised us by starting Anthony Reveilliere at right-back and playing Debuchy in front of him at the right-hand side of midfield. Malouda was also preferred to Samir Nasri and as expected, Laurent Koscielny replaced the suspended Mexes.
Del Bosque also had a slight surprise of his own in starting Cesc Fabregas as the false nine in place of Fernando Torres. All else remained as it were with the Spanish starting line-up.
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June 23, 2012 by Sean Charles
This game will kick-off at 19:45 GMT.
Formation and Team News:
France (4-2-3-1): Lloris, Debuchy, Koscielny, Rami, Clichy, Cabaye, M’Vila, Menez, Nasri, Ribery, Benzema.
Spain (4-3-2-1): Casillas, Arbeloa, Ramos, Pique, Alba, Busquets, Alonso, Xavi, Silva, Iniesta, Torres.
Laurent Koscielny will replace the suspended Philippe Mexes at the heart of the French defence. Cabaye could also be back in the starting line-up after missing the game against Sweden due to a thigh injury. It seems likely that Jeremy Menez will start this game after France’s less than impressive display against Sweden in his absence, ending the French 23 game unbeaten run. Also, with the disappointing form of Samir Nasri, Blanc may even attempt to turn the midfield into a battlefield by dropping Nasri and instead going with Diarra, Cabaye and M’Vila, giving Cabaye the freedom to break forward as a box-to-box midfielder.
June 20, 2012 by Adam Gray
France surrendered their 22 match unbeaten record with a slow, disjointed performance in Kiev that will have Laurent Blanc concerned about his sides chances of going past the quarter-final stage of this tournament. France will now play Spain as they finished runners-up in Group B thanks to this defeat to a Swedish side that had already been eliminated.
Despite the French sporadically threatening in a nervy affair, the Swedes had the majority of the chances and took the lead through a superb Zlatan Ibrahimovic volley shortly after half-time, before Sebastian Larsson sealed the win in the final stages of the match. Whilst the result restored a great deal of pride to a poor tournament for Erik Hamren’s men, the French will head into Saturday’s difficult encounter with Spain facing questions over their mentality after limping through the group stage.
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June 15, 2012 by Sean Charles
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June 14, 2012 by Sean Charles
This game will kick off on Thursday 14th June at 19:45 GMT.
Team News and Line-Ups
Predicted Formation and Line-Ups:
Del Bosque has taken some stick in Spain for utilising the strikerless formation. A lot of the substance behind the criticism is pointed at the improvement in Spain’s attacking play once a natural striker had been introduced in the second half. For these reasons it looks very likely that Torres will start against the Irish with Fabregas being the player most likely to be dropped to accommodate him. No other changes are expected in the Spanish starting eleven.
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June 7, 2012 by Saikat Chatterjee
La Roja will start the tournament as the favourites to win the Championship alongside the Germans. Blessed with mercurial footballing talent and beautiful chemistry, Spain produces a brilliant brand of attacking football that is likely to outplay the opposition more often than not.
However, it has been a long season and one that has been marred with injuries to key players like David Villa and Carles Puyol who will be missing out on the Euros. Coach Vicente Del Bosque’s side will have to deal with the absence of their most influential players on the international stage in order to defend their European crown.
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