Spain Euro 12: Fernando Torres and Players Most Important to Spain's Chances
Spain is the reigning champion of Europe and should be considered heavy favorites for the title this year, even without Spanish star David Villa.
Having brought in a number of players to replace the formidable striker, the most important being Fernando Torres of Chelsea fame, they are still considered to make their way to the cup but must get through the Italian squad first, their main threat in Group C.
Fernando Torres, who has struggled, will make or break them this year, as will the following four other players.
Andre Iniesta, the 28-year-old player out of FC Barcelona, is one of the most talented players on Spain's team.
Asked to pick one player between Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi (current captain of Argentina's football team), Croatian assistant coach Robert Prosinecki opted to choose Andres Iniesta, if he ever had the chance to choose between the two.
"But the player I’d choose for my side – a player who really has that something extra and can make the difference in a team – is Andres Iniesta."
If he isn't a difference maker, than I don't know who is. "El Ilusionista" was one of the most active players on the pitch during their match on Sunday, putting many of his fellow players into great spots to score. He also had an attempt at the goal himself but ended up sailing it over the bar.
Spain's chances in the tournament should fall heavily on his shoulders.
Goalkeeper and captain of the Spain squad, Iker Casillas obviously is an important cog to Spain's chances for the Euro Cup.
I mean, it's pretty simple...he needs to protect the goal. As the main goalkeeper, that becomes his primary job. After giving up one goal in their match with Italy, that job becomes even more apparent.
Easily one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Iker is key to Spain's chances. He saved a number of goals against Italy and will be relied on heavily in the future if Spain ends up losing possession during games.
Iniesta is easily Spain's greatest creator, while Xavi Hernandez should be their best assist man.
During their match against Italy, Xavi sent some incredible passes from deeper up the pitch. His passing and field vision will be key for the rest of the tournament, going along with his chemistry with fellow Barcleona-mate Andres Iniesta.
Cesc Fabregas scored Spain's lone equalizing goal during the match on Sunday.
Off of a great assist from David Silva, Fabregas saved the national team from going down with one loss in the tournament.
Starting in place of Torres, Fabregas will be relied on plenty going forward, as Fernando Torres continues to struggle.
After having plenty of opportunities to win the game for Spain in the final minutes of Sunday's match, Torres made poor decisions both times.
El Nino, as they call him, had a number of open passes to teammates, but opted to take the shot himself. Obviously, he missed.
He will need to rebound quickly if Spain is to have any chance in this tournament.
Torres, where are you?
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