The defending champions are out of the world after a second straight defeat. After a humiliating 1-5 lost to the Dutch, Spain, the two-time defending European champion were tipped to bounce back strongly to make amends but unfortunately found the Chilean a tough opponent to deal with.
In all two games, the Spanish were totally outplayed and were out of source. They had issues with all departments of their play. Goalkeeper Iker Casilas was not himself perphas having one of his poor tournament. He could not overcome his champion league blushes and carried it into the first game. He lacked the confidence he always inspired his defense and squad with. I do not know why Vicente del Bosque still kept faith in him for the Chile game.
The defense of the Spanish was disappointing. The rock solid defense that won them the cup in the last edition was obviously absent. They have been just awful conceding seven goals in just two matches. In winning their Euro 2008, the World Cup and Euro 2012, they just conceded six on each occasion. This goes to show the state of the defense.
The midfield which has been the stronghold of the team lost their hold of the game and made so many mistakes. There were too many tiring legs in midfield and that affected them. No doubt they came with the best midfielders in the world but they failed to deliver.
The striking force was totally impotent. Diego Costa should not have started. He was simply not to the task at Brazil and wondered why David Villa Sánchez was not part of del Bosque winning plans. Spain so far has scored one goal and that was from the spot kick. That is bad for a team like a world champion.
Spain’s fall from grace was so swift, and so humiliating. In their two games, they were a shadow of their former selves. Spain did not have the conviction and hunger needed to retain the World Cup according to Xabi Alonso.
I think Vicente del Bosque got it wrong with team selection and play tactics. He was stop on when he deployed the right players for his successful campaigns of the World Cup in 2010 and the Euro 2012. He should have dropped some key unperforming players.