France vs Spain, spectacle in Paris on Thursday night. France have a lousy record against Spain in recent times. But, Spain were a big disappointment in Brazil 2014, and as a result major changes are underway. The Spanish will be without a long list of recognised stars against France, either due to injury or retirement. Pepe Reina, Gerard Pique, Xabi Alonso, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Javi Martinez, Xavi Hernandez and David Villa will all be absent. On the other side Mickael Landreau, Eric Abidal, Franck Ribery and Samir Nasri have all retired from international football.
France's experiences in Brazil were rather more positive than Spain's, even if there was still a sense of disappointment as they bowed out in the quarter-finals following a limp display in a 1-0 defeat to Germany. Didier Deschamps’ side excels in the midfield and forward positions, where players including Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann all look exciting and very ambitions.
Bacary Sagna said for this match: "Spain remain one of the best teams in the world. They took a blow and will want to show they are back."
The Spanish will be without a long list of recognised stars against France, either due to injury or retirement. In their place, coach Vicente del Bosque has brought in five uncapped players among eight new faces in his squad. But seems that their forwards are very ready this time.
Diego Costa with his new club successfully started the season in the Premier League and also has a wish to impress on the international matches and a little patch things up with the World Cup when he struggled with injury. He said about this match the next:"I know I did not play to my expected level at the World Cup, and not just me, but the team. But what's happened has happened and now we have to move on". Also Spain have problem in midfield because Andres Iniesta will be sidelined for Spain due to a knee injury.
Possible starting lineups:
We expect spectacle and both teams to score. Maybe a little advantage we give for France. We also expect that today Pogba score goal.