2014: Year Of The Underdogs
The 2014 World Cup has witnessed a number of upsets and disappointing performances from nations which are considered to be the best in the world but did not manage on displaying it at the pitch and took early exits, which was the case ofSpainandItaly.
Spain are the current world champions as they lifted the World Cup trophy in 2010 but this time around they could not even manage on getting past the group stages after losing against Netherlands and Chile.
The early exit that Spain suffered in the World Cup has initiated a wave of criticism not only to the Spanish players but to the coach Vicente del Bosque as they are advising the team to change their playing style and start developing something new but Juan Mata has advised the opposite as he insists that the squad should continue playing in the same manner that enabled them on winning it all some years ago.
“We have to keep trusting in our style of play, it has led us to many triumphs and it allows us to control games, so I don’t see a reason why we should play another way. I feel prouder than ever to belong to this group, this generation. We have remained united in the good times but above all during the bad times, and we have always believed in our football. I have to say that since I arrived here this group has felt like a family, I feel like any other player, the relationship between everyone is fundamental to this team.” The Manchester United midfielder, Juan Mata told reporters.
Spain still has a squad filled with some of the best players around the world but it seems like their tiki-taka playing style is starting to get figured out and countered which is why some fans are advising the Spanish squad on changing things and try to create something new but its easier said than done, Vicente del Bosque does have time however on figuring out what do in their next international event which would be the UEFA Euro 2016.