Key Battles That Will Shape France's Clash with Spain

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Key Battles That Will Shape France's Clash with Spain
Associated Press
Diego Costa and Co. face France.

For a friendly, France vs. Spain is a mouth-watering clash, and both sides are expected to put out strong line-ups.

Spain have started the rebuilding process after a horrendous World Cup, although Vicente Del Bosque denies there will be a dramatic shift in his squad.

He did thank retired legends Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez for what they had offered La Roja. Per Mundo Deportivo (via Football Espana), he said, when asked if he was starting a "revolution":

No, I think not. There are eight from the World Cup left out for various reasons and the national team is not closed for anyone. Not even for the eight who aren’t here, except for the two who have expressed their decision not to come, Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez, to whom we owe respect for all they gave.

They were two key players from the main group that had those successes and we try to mitigate their absence as much as possible. Football requires you to have new dreams because if you are nostalgic of the pass you will find progress difficult.

Meanwhile, France boss Didier Deschamps also confirmed that he would not be experimenting much, per the Agence France-Presse (via Yahoo Sports): "We have two matches very close together but the team which starts on Thursday will be close to that which started against Germany."

That means we can expect several high-profile clashes when Spain take on France on Thursday night. Here, we anticipate the key battles on the pitch.

 

Possible sides

France: Lloris, Debuchy, Sakho, Varane, Evra, Matuidi, Pogba, Cabaye, Valbuena, Benzema, Griezmann.

Spain: Casillas, Azpilicueta, Ramos, Albiol, Alba, Busquets, Koke, Fabregas, Pedro, Costa, Silva.

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