After Spain’s outing in the World Cup 2014, there have been urges from the fans that all the senior players should be ousted and a young team should be built keeping the next two big assignments i.e. the Euro 16 and WC 18 in mind. But, Vicente Del Bosque, the manager of the team who escaped the axe despite having one of his worst tournaments in Brazil, doesn’t seem to be going to do so.
Del Bosque is indeed looking to rebuild the team, but, he is trying to do so by blending the experience and young blood, not by changing the entire complexion of the squad. By his selections for the Euro qualifiers, he has made it absolutely clear that he will not overlook the senior players at least for the near future.
This sort of situation had arisen in front of the Germany boss Joachim Low as well after the defeat of his team against Italy in the semi final of the previous Euro Championships. The fans were furious at the repeated failures of the team in the knockout phases of the big tournaments and they were calling for the head of the seniors. But, Low remained patient. He stuck with the same personnel and those players eventually won Germany the World Cup this year.
There is no reason why this can’t happen in Spain’s case. Mind you, the seniors in the Spanish side are not that old. The likes of Mata, Fabregas and Busquets are all well below 30. They have got to an age now where they should be playing their best Football for the next 2-3 years. Also, their presence can help somebody like Munir El Haddadi who is supposed to be the next superstar in the making for Spain.
So, Vicente Del Bosque is right in keeping some of these seniors in the mix as they can still provide so much to Spanish Football.