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False 9 or NO?

Vincente Del Bosque has a dilemma this summer, which other coaches around the world prayed they had. Del Bosque has seemingly too much talent and cannot fit it all on the field at the same time. Del Bosque will have the question of whether to play a false nine or not. He included Fernando Torres, and David Villa in the side for the World Cup but it is expected that they were sentimental inclusions and will play no role at the World Cup. However, there is Diego Costa, a striker who Del Bosque tore away from the Brazilian national team when he had the chance to play for either nation, and a striker who has been in the form of his life for the entire season. 

Costa has been struggling with a hamstring issue though that is said to have quelled, and it is said that he will be 100% for the tournament. Even if he is 100%, should he be started? He comes from a club, Athletico Madrid, who have had incredible success this season, winning the league and finishing as runners up in the Champions League and he was a huge part of that success. However, Athletico do not play the way Barcelona, or Spain do and Diego Costas style does not fit the Spanish National team per say. He is not the most efficient short passer and would prefer balls played into the box for him. Spain will not change their tiki taka mentality and he does not fit it. 

Instead Spain may look to deploy the false nine which they have done for years, and have no shortage of options in midfield. They have the pass master Xavi, who despite his age still sets the bar for controlling midfield, and game tempo. Andres Iniesta, who has long been considered the best midfielder in the world, and scored the winner in 2010. They also have Sergio Busquets, Javi Martinez, or Xabi Alonso to play a holding role. 

Then there is David Silva, who was in the form of his life for Manchester City and can come in from the right wing for Spain.  There is also Juan Mata, Cesc Fabregas,  Koke, Santi Cazorla and Perdo, who despite Pedro can all play winger, center forward or midfield. These are internationals who would be guaranteed a spot in almost any national team in the world's starting 11.  With these options Del Bosque may look to employ the false nine, and capture Spain's second World Cup in as many tries.

By Antonio Lynch

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