Spain lost it after the exit of Lopetegui

World Cup 2018 By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 05/07/2018

Spain was eliminated in the World Cup after a solid preparation under the sacked coach Julen Lopetegui, with the former coach in charge Spain did not suffer any defeat and the build-up to the World Cup was super as the La Roja played an attractive football that was extremely entertaining.

With just two days to the football greatest tournament in Russia Lopetegui was shown the exit door and gradually the general performance of the team started to wane which made them struggled in the entire tournament especially from the group stage matches.

Spain almost crashed out in the group stage against Morocco but was saved by the stoppage time goal of Iago Aspas and they ended up as the winner of the group but it is noticeable that their performance was not fluent against the African nation and against Russia they were not just efficient with the ball on their feet especially in the striking department.

Spain was a force to reckon with when they have the likes of David Villa and Fernando Torres at their disposal, they were able to get the goals for the team and make the differences in the striking department.

Diego Costa is good and he is of a top quality and he is more of a striker that relies on powerful play and strength than silky movement that Spain require upfront to get the goals due to their high possession style of play that brings the ball closer to the attacker than counter attacker game that Costa excels in.

Aspas and Rodrigo are still far from what Spain is actually missing upfront but with time they would measure up to the standard.

Moreso, the departure of Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso have also affected the team as the team lack a real leader in the department and the only experienced player department is Andreas Iniesta has retired from the national team.

It is now due to the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio to take the lead in the Spanish national team to the next level as they have to cope with the exit of Iniesta in the team.