"Like a fish out of water" - Jamie Redknapp comments on Cazorla's Spain display

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Jamie Redknapp bemoaned Vicente del Bosque's decision to use Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla at right back in Spain's 2-1 defeat to Slovakia.

Spain's 2014 World Cup campaign was a nightmare, with Vicente del Bosque's side crashing out in the group stage after embarrassing defeats to the Netherlands and Chile, with his side looking like a shadow of the team that won the 2008 European Championships, 2010 World Cup and 2012 European Championships.

Their qualification campaign for the 2016 European Championships in France hasn't got off to the best of starts either, with a shock 2-1 defeat to Slovakia in Bratislava tonight. Juraj Kucka's long range free kick somehow beat Iker Casillas in the first half and whilst Paco Alcacer did equalise for Spain, a late header from former Chelsea winger Miroslav Stoch won the game for Slovakia.

The winning goal saw Stoch become completely unmarked at the back post, and it was a tactical flaw from del Bosque which cost Spain the game - at least according to Jamie Redknapp, who was covering the game for Sky Sports. In a bid to get back into the game, Del Bosque used Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla in an unfamiliar right back role, and his inexperience of playing there showed as he looked all at sea as Stoch headed the winner - much to Redknapp's disbelief.

"I just couldn't believe Del Bosque really," said Redknapp. "Once he gets back to 1-1 and he's got Cazorla playing at right back, I just thought that was maybe the time to just change it - even play [Sergio] Busquets at right back, because a point there is a good result...but he ends up keeping Cazorla at right back, and you can see where the winning goal comes from."

"He just looks so uncomfortable, he was like a fish out of water there, in that position - he's just not a right back is he? And obviously it had huge implications on the game," he added.

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