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Spain must avoid defeat to Chile

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After getting decimated last time around by an awe-inspiring Netherlands team, Spain will be looking the get back into their groove and get back to winning ways.

Many questioned whether the conditions will prove a hindrance but that was the last thing on everyone's mind as La Oranje absolutely obliterated the defending champions, raising many more questions.

Without Carlos Puyol, the defensive combo of Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos looked shaky and lacking stability.

Despite all the possession there was no end product or urgency in their attack as they bode their time waiting for an opening which they were lucky to get via a Xabi Alonso penalty. Diego Costa was given a start to provide a more direct tack or rather a plan B, something they have severely lacked in the past, but proved ineffective.

Many say that their tiki-taka style of football is not as effective as it used to be as more and more teams are figuring out how to neutralise it.

Spain fans are staying optimistic, taking the last World Cup as an example in which they lost their first game and went on to win it all. Unlike last time, though, this was not a simple loss like the one against Switzerland four years ago. This was a humiliating defeat against a side they defeated in the puenultimate final in South Africa.

Will it be a repeat of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa or will Chile send the defending champs packing early? We'll have to wait and see...


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