Experiencing such internal hardships just days ahead of the World Cup 2018, Spain so far showed that they are still good enough to go into the last 16.
However, stern test now arrives for La Furia Roja as they’re facing up against host nation, Russia, which put on a quite impressive performances during their first two group matches.
Spain themselves have been quite stuttering on their way to top group way, picking up only one win with two draws, including their final match against Morocco.
Despite those unconvincing results, Fernando Hierro’s men won’t be lacking any confidence in facing Russia this Sunday as they believe in the amount of talents the squad have.
Nevertheless, La Furia Roja must show significant improvement, especially on the defensive side as it has been quite alarming throughout the group stage.
Facing against one of high scoring side in the tournament, Spain must be aware so that they don’t get caught out easily at the back.
Russia themselves seem to have a pretty high self esteem following their rather satisfying group stage experience.
Winning their first two games in comfortable fashion, before losing to Uruguay in the final group game, only after both teams secured their last 16 spot, can be considered quite impressive.
Still, Sbornaya players acknowledge that they are facing one of the tournament’s favorites that have tons of quality talents on their roster.
Stanislav Cherchesov’s men certainly hope that La Furia Roja’s unconvincing record when playing host nation will continue this weekend.
Probable starting line up:
Spain: David De Gea; Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Koke, Andres Iniesta, Isco; Diego Costa and Iago Aspas.
Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Ilya Kutepov, Sergey Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyaev; Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin, Denis Cheryshev; Artem Dzyuba.