Isco hasn’t had the best of seasons with Real Madrid, but Isco boasts of inhuman ball control and finding spaces within airtight defences. He is a magician in every sort and fits in the Spanish National Team perfectly. Most of the game runs through him and with Iniesta ageing and this may well be his last tournament with the National side, a lot will depend on how Isco plays. JulenLopetegui may be a tad pragmatic, but he also loves playing 4-3-3, which will mean Isco shifted on the right hand side, but will drift inside and roam around. Isco’s crossing has been a problem and despite being a fantastic passer of the ball he lacks the natural ability of a right winger.
Isco will also need to rejuvenate his work rate as he has been labelled by many as a luxury player.
Iago Aspas: It will be shattering to see Aspas benched as he has been the best Spanish striker by some margin now for the last couple of years. The emergence of Rodrigo and Diego Costa’s big match abilities will be intimidating, but Spain’s free flowing football needs someone like Aspas who can drop deep, dribble, and take shots from distance. Aspas is a left footed player and owns great acceleration giving Lopetegui a choice to use him as a winger and slot Costa as a striker.
Aspas’ heading has been an area of problem, but Spain isn’t the kind of team that relies on crosses despite the side backs bombing forward all night long.
Sergio Ramos: He may well be the most hated person in football right now after his coming together with Mohammed Salah, which resulted in Salah walked out off the field in tears. However, Ramos has always been like that, an absolute beast of a character. He wears his heart on his sleeves and dictates the backline with his vocal presence. Despite his street nature he is one of the finest centre backs ever produced and does not shy away from showing a skill or two.
He is one of the best headers of the ball and emerges when the occasion calls for it. Ramos and Pique despite all their differences form a combative central pairing and he will have Jordi Alba on his side to start the attack from the back.
David De Gea: Dave Saves! It is a popular notion in most part of England, and especially Manchester. DDG is the best goalkeeper in the World right now. Period! The tall Spaniard is already a legend at Manchester United and has pulled off few unbelievable saves in his career. His save against Germany in a friendly a few months ago shows how important he is to the Spanish National Side and an able successor to Iker Casillas. DDG does not deter from playing the ball out without going for unnecessary long balls, another Spanish football trait. DDG excels in the air and his catching is impregnable.
Sergio Busquets: Casemiro may be the most destructive defensive midfielder in the World right now, but Sergio Busquets is so much more than that. Playing with absolute nonchalance it is hard to remember a game where he lost possession or was run over by opposition midfielders. Despite lacking pace and physicality, Busquets’ relies on his intuition and knows how to mark a player out of the game without getting too physical. Busquets strings the defence to the attack and does not lose possession giving Spain more time on the ball. He is a veteran midfielder and his experience will become more prominent as the tournament grows by.