What Spain's World Cup Humiliation Means for Real Madrid

Paul WilkesFeatured ColumnistJuly 18, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 18:  Iker Casillas of Spain looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Spain and Chile at Maracana on June 18, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
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Spain's results surprised the football world, and although the warning signs were evident prior to their capitulation, it still didn't warrant the manner of defeat.

They now need to dust themselves down and take stock of the events that unfolded in Brazil.

The news that Vicente del Bosque will continue as coach into the next tournament is the right one providing he can ascertain which players should move aside and which ones can still make a difference.

"I have been in contact with the Federation in this time of reflection and they’ve decided that the last six years say more than two bad games," Del Bosque told Spanish media from his hometown of Salamanca, via The Guardian.

Slight alterations need to be made without losing sight of what made them so successful in the first place. Del Bosque continued:

We don’t need to have a drastic revolution, we need to go in the same direction while making some small changes. We can do much better and get on the right track again. We’re going to try and defend our title at the next European Championships.

There were three Real Madrid players in Del Bosque's World Cup squad: Iker Casillas, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos.

The trio will all want to forget the nightmare of the last month and quickly remind themselves that they were important components in Los Blancos obtaining La Decima.

All three were at fault defensively in the key matches with the Netherlands and Chile.

Spain may have been 3-1 down when Casillas gifted Robin van Persie a goal with a dire first touch, but it was the moment that summed up everything falling apart.

Alonso's misplaced pass saw Alexis Sanchez racing clear to combine with his teammates before Eduardo Vargas gave Chile the lead in the second match.

Then, there was Ramos, who continually struggled with the pace of Arjen Robben and Alexis in both games.

Both Alonso and Ramos are experienced players and have bounced back from plenty of disappointments throughout their careers.

Carlo Ancelotti's man-management skills will also aid their recovery, and he will make them feel that they have valuable roles to play in the club's future.

The big question is the future of Casillas, with Madrid opting to purchase Costa Rica's heroic goalkeeper Keylor Navas for £8 million from Levante, per the Daily Mail.

Del Bosque kept faith with the shot-stopper during the tournament, but he was marginalised first by Jose Mourinho and, to a lesser extent, by Ancelotti in the last 18 months.

The performance of the 33-year-old for the national team was seen by many as proof that he's in a state of permanent decline.

Only time will tell if that's the case. Whether it's at the Bernabeu or elsewhere is still to be revealed.

La Roja's issues should have a positive impact on Real Madrid, as those that suffered look to immediately prove their worth.

The club has looked to build a more solid Spanish base in recent years with the re-signings of Daniel Carvajal and Diego Lopez.

There's now a clear link between the academy and the first team with the promotion of Nacho Fernandez, Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata.

And the club is now targeting more homegrown players as demonstrated by the transfers of Asier Illarramendi and Isco last summer.

For the first time in a number of years, these players will feel they have a genuine chance of making the national side.

Del Bosque's squad isn't the closed shop that it once was, and a positive start from any of the young Spaniards could see them catch the veteran coach's eye.

Spain has the players to turn around their difficulties, and some of those will be found at Del Bosque's former club.