After getting knocked out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup with still one game to spare in the group stages, everyone was shocked at the performance of the current world champions.
Previously Spain had been expected to put up a monumental challenge to defend their title, but they failed miserably.
Losing 5-1 to The Netherlands in the opening game, and then 2-0 to Chile, proved that teams have learnt how to counter their Tiki-Taka style of playing. After their loss to Holland many expected Vicente del Bosque to bring a little change to their style of playing, but he did not, and they felt the effects of that by losing to Chile too, and getting knocked out of the World Cup so early in the tournament in the process.
Del Bosque made a huge mistake in leaving Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Nevas and selected Fernando Torres and Diego Costa for his final Brazil squad. Costa's selection was justified because of the season he had with Atletico but Negredo deserved a call up too. Costa was just not able to adjust to the passing style that Spain has, mainly due to the fact he's hardly played any matches with them.
Negredo has played with the Spanish team before and would have done a better job up front, and he should have at least been selected ahead of Torres. After a horrible performance against The Netherlands Del Bosque should have changed his tactics for the second match and could even have played David Villa up top.
The other problem they faced was their defence. After the retirement of Puyol, it left a big hole in their defence, and they haven't been able to get a leader like him since.
There is no doubt that Del Bosque is one of the greatest managers in world football right now, but he needs to ditch Tiki-Taka and come up with some new tactics because teams have learnt to counter it. With still one game left for Spain in the group stage against Australia, he still has a chance to prove himself before the reigning world champions head back home.
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