Vicente del Bosque has revealed that he will make five changes to the Spain team for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Luxembourg – will Manchester United’s David de Gea and Tottenham Hotspur-linked Paco Alcacer come in and Chelsea’s Diego Costa be dropped?
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has revealed that there will be five changes to the team that will take on Luxembourg tonight.
La Furia Roja will face the European minnows in a Euro 2016 Group C qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel in Luxembourg.
The 2010 World Cup winners will head into the clash on the back of a shock 2-1 defeat to Slovakia away from home earlier this week.
Spain’s performance in that match was severely criticised, and Del Bosque has stated that he will make changes against Luxembourg.
‘We planned to make changes for Luxembourg before the match against Slovakia and defeat doesn’t change our idea’, Football Espana quotes him as saying. ‘We believe in making five changes and barring unforeseen circumstances, that’s what we’ll do...
‘We’ll decide the system based on the players we have. We can play with more width or look for balls inside’.
Del Bosque did not name the players he plans to draft into his starting line-up tonight, but there is a chance that David de Gea could feature against Luxembourg.
The Manchester United goalkeeper was on the substitutes’ bench against Slovakia, and there have been calls for him to be given the chance to start ahead of Iker Casillas.
Casillas has been a first choice for Spain for years, but his latest mistake against Slovakia which gifted them the first goal has highlighted the need for a change.
De Gea has been in superb form for United over the past couple of seasons or so, and it is only a matter of time before he becomes a regular for Spain.
Another Spain player who could be omitted from the line-up is Diego Costa. The striker has been tremendous for Chelsea in the Premier League, but he has struggled for the national side.
Costa, a former Atletico Madrid star, has failed to score in six appearances for Spain, and there have been calls for Paco Alcacer to be given a starting berth tonight.
The 21-year-old Valencia striker, who has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur, scored against Slovakia with his first shot and seems to suit Spain’s style more than Costa.
Del Bosque has defended both Casillas and Costa for their recent performances, but it remains to be seen for how long he can maintain his faith in the duo.