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Seen and Heard: World Cup Special 9

Jack Loo | June 10, 2010
The only obstacle Spain has is the psychological burden of being a favourite

The Group H consists of Spain, Switzerland, Chile and Honduras. After years of being known as under-achievers, 2008 European champions Spain will, for the first time, be entering a tournament as a firm favourite. There are few question marks over the fitness of first team players like Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas and Andreas Iniesta, but a recent friendly with Poland saw the team showing off its formidable strength in depth. Each striker and midfielder has a replacement that would be on the first team of other World Cup teams.

Switzerland has a nucleus of promising young players and it topped its qualifying group, but that is pretty much what it has to offer. The team will be looking to overwhelm minnows Honduras and execute a counter-attacking game against Chile.

On paper, Chile should be able to take second spot, on account of its attractive offensive game plan with three attackers, and the fact that it just finished one point behind Brazil during qualifying.

Honduras lacks pedigree and the experience of the other three teams in its group. Knowing its limitations, the team would want to go all out against Chile and Switzerland.

Expect Spain to march through, but its patient passing game is not going to get many goals. It would be a tough call between Chile and Switzerland.

 

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