Spain make the trip to Dusseldorf for Friday’s international friendly against reigning champions Germany. Julen Lopetegui’s side are reckoned as one of the favourites for this summer’s World Cup and they have the perfect opportunity to test their credentials during the two-week break where they also face Argentina in their home patch.
Since the European Championship in 2016, De Gea has been the first-choice goalkeeper for La Roja and during his period, he has transformed into undoubtedly the best shot-stopper in the world. He should certainly start between the sticks against Germany.
In defence, Lopetegui is likely to go with the most experienced combination and this could witness Jordi Alba and Carlos Carvajal occupying the right and left-back positions respectively. Likewise, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique are strong contenders to start at the heart of the backline.
Onto the midfield, Sergio Busquets’ absence may hand a start to Koke in the centre of the park and the Atletico Madrid ace could be accompanied by Thiago Alcantara and Andres Iniesta from Bayern Munich and Barcelona respectively.
Further forward, Lopetegui could go with the experienced heads of David Silva and Isco in the attacking midfield options whilst Diego Costa remains a strong candidate to lead the line in Alvaro Morata’s absence. Valencia’s Rodrigo has impressed over the course of the campaign but Costa offers a bit more with his physique and link-up play.
Predicted Lineup: David de Gea; Carlos Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Andres Iniesta; David Silva, Isco; Diego Costa
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