Euro 2012: Biggest Changes Spain Must Make to Ensure Group Victory
The Spanish side was completely dominant against the Irish, but will face a tougher test against Croatia.
The team used its tiki-taka style to control the ball and keep possession 76 percent of the time, according to Whoscored.com.
They exposed the Irish defense and put in four goals. However, the final group game will be much more similar to the team’s first test against Italy.
Croatia has a quality side with a strong midfield. The Spaniards have been impressive thus far, and major changes should not be in store for the side. However, small adjustments could help the team improve as they move towards the quarterfinals.
Spain must make these three tweaks in order to ensure a first-place finish in Group C.
Sharpen Up on Set Pieces
How will Spain do in the rest of the European Championships?
Spain has not necessarily been weak on set pieces, but they are without Carles Puyol, and Croatia has been exceptionally strong in these situations.
The Croats are one of two teams in the tournament to have scored two goals from dead-ball situations. Strikers Mario Mandzukic and Nikica Jelavic are big targets who have been in goal-scoring form.
Mandzukic is currently tied for the tournament lead with three goals.
A strong midfield led by Luka Modric has ensured that the forwards have received top-class service, especially on free kicks, and the Spanish must be constantly vigilant when Croatia lines up for set pieces.
Keep Fernando Torres in the Starting Lineup
Vicente Del Bosque opened up the tournament by controversially playing without a forward on the field.
Cesc Fabregas played the position that many thought would be filled by Fernando Torres or Fernando Llorente. The team did not necessarily struggle in the unusual formation, but it could have played better.
This was clear when Torres came on late in the game and was able to find space in the attacking third of the field. He displayed the same jitters around the goal that have characterized his career at Chelsea, but he did receive quality opportunities.
Del Bosque made the adjustment to play Torres at center forward against Ireland, and he scored two goals. Not only does the team play better with a true striker, but this may be the success that Torres needs to break out of his funk. If that happens, the team will be truly unstoppable.
Give Fabregas Substantial Playing Time
Cesc Fabregas has scored two goals in two games, but unfortunately, there is not a place for him in the starting lineup.
The team proved that it needs a true striker, and if Fabregas does not start in that position, then either David Silva, Andres Iniesta or Xavi Hernandez must come off.
None of those players should be removed, but Fabregas can still be a major factor in the game. Del Bosque should make sure he warms up early and put him in the game with at least 25 to 30 minutes remaining in the match.
Fabregas has been in fantastic form and deserves a chance to continue his goal-scoring streak. Giving him plenty of time in the second half will keep his confidence high and allow one of the starters to rest.
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