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Spain's failure highlighted Xavi's waning influence.
If Spain's failure showed us anything at all, it is that, however unpalatable the thought, Xavi Hernandez is no longer the player he was at the very top level.
The fulcrum of and conduit for both the national side and Barcelona, Xavi neither has the intensity to his game any longer nor does he have the ability to influence games.
Just five assists in 41 appearances in all competitions per WhoScored.com is a fairly accurate barometer as to just how far he has fallen. And for Del Bosque to not consider him after the debacle against Holland—well, that really does say it all.
What it does do, of course, is force Luis Enrique to consider other midfield options, to look forward rather than perhaps doing what Del Bosque was guilty of pre-tournament, and that was sticking with his tried-and-tested personnel, even though the signs of a decline have been there for a while now.
There are other players who can't escape that scrutiny either. Pedro Rodriguez and Jordi Alba hardly set the world alight in Brazil.
Food for thought.