Estadio Nuevo Colombino,
November 15th; 20:45 CET
Spain host Belarus in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday and coach Vicente del Bosque will be confident of winning all three points from this easy looking encounter.
This game between Spain and Belarus is being dominated by the injury news of Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas as both the Chelsea players have withdrawn their names on last minute with Sergio Ramos questioning the commitment of them. But coach Vicente del Bosque will be hoping that this controversy does not hamper the prospects of the team as this is just the start of a re-building process after a disastrous World Cup campaign.
Belarus interim coach Andriy Zygmantovich will be hoping for a spirited performance from his players as they have secured only one point from first three games and at least a point is required to keep their chances alive.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has changed the face of his team after a disastrous World Cup campaign as the likes of Xavi, Fernando Torres, David Villa, Xabi Alonso are all out while some exciting youngsters like Paco Alcacer, Isco, Nolito and Alvaro Morata are getting a chance to shine.
Spain made an underwhelming start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they lost to Slovenia but coach Del Bosque will be confident of winning all three points against weak looking Belarus side on their home ground.
Coach Vicente del Bosque is expected to use his usual 4-3-3 formation for a game against Belarus as both, Jose Callejon and Paco Alcacer, has shown some great promise this season and they will lead the Spanish attack on Saturday.
Koke has become a regular starter for Spain now and he will be paired alongside the duo of Busquetes and Isco. As with the defence, Gerard Pique has lost his starting birth for FC Barcelona now and Del Bosque will partner young Marc Bartra alongside captain Sergio Ramos in the heart of the defence. Jordi Alba and Cezar Azpilicueta have shown some great promise in past one year and their place in the starting XI is under no threat at the moment.
Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa have pulled out of this encounter because of the injury concerns and Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has accused them of not showing enough commitment and coach Vicente del Bosque was bombarded with questions related to this controversy in his pre-match press conference today.
Del Bosque said: “A coach has to try to manage both human and technical aspects. Regarding human relationships we haven’t had any problem. Just this period when Barcelona and [Real] Madrid were competing a lot and we had this bad experience. Currently it is just a bad memory. So we haven’t had problems in the changing room.
“Then, regarding football there were some circumstances, maybe bad coach decisions, maybe players don’t reach World Cup at their best… the thing is all these little things created a hole that made us impossible at least to overcome the group stage (in Brazil).
“But that’s it, it was impossible.”
Meanwhile, Del Bosque has called up Villarreal captain Bruno Soriano to replace Fabregas in the squad after a prolonged absence from the international scene with the 30-year-old midfielder’s last appearance for Spain back in October 2010.
Spain have played only twice against the East Europeans so far, and they have won both of their previous matches against Belarus, a 4-0 away win and a 2-1 home victory when qualifying for the 2006 World Cup.
Possible Starting Line-up (4-3-3): Casillas; Azpilicueta, Bartra, Ramos, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Isco; Callejon, Alcacer, Pedro
Belarus sit second-bottom in the Group C of Euro qualifying table after collecting just one point in total – from September’s 1-1 draw in Luxembourg – and head into the match against Spain on the back of two home defeats.
Georgi Kondratiev resigned as Belarus coach following a 3-1 defeat by Slovakia in Euro 2016 qualification in October and interim coach Andriy Zygmantovich has a big responsibility on his shoulders as the morale of the team is not very high at the moment.
Speaking ahead of this all important game against Spain, Andriy Zygmantovich said in a press conference that: “Only victory is a success for me as a coach, but avoiding a loss can also be a success if you face a team from the top 20.
“I’m not really affected by the fact I’m just doing a caretaker’s job. The most interesting thing for me is to prepare a team for the games against Spain and Mexico (at home on Tuesday).”
Belarus have conceded 6 goals in just three games so far and Andriy Zygmantovich will be hoping for a better performance from the duo of Volodko and Martynovich on Saturday.
Possible Starting Line-up (4-5-1): Zevnov; Shitov, Martynovich, Volodko, Bordachev; Dragun, Yanushkevic, Kalachev, Krivets, Putsila; Kornilenko
Spain 3-0 Belarus
The La Roja are going through a rebuilding process at the moment but they are more than capable of overcoming this struggling Belarus side on Saturday and an easy win is on the cards for Vicente del Bosque’s men.
Player To Watch Out For
Paco Alcacer is in a good run of form for Valencia this season and his impressive displays for Los Che have not gone unnoticed with national coach Del Bosque as the youngster has become a regular starter for La Roja now. Alcacer is widely recognized as a long term heir of David Villa by the Spanish fans and something special is expected from him against the weak looking defence of Belarus on Saturday.
Blast From The Past