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SumonK Chakrabarti
Friday , June 11, 2010 at 16 : 28

Fancy pants with lofty dreams


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But will red fury be unleashed in South Africa. Hell yeah, says La Furia Roja. But then those who can bring ecstasy on the pitch and in the stands can easily believe that their time has come. Because they have the men who make Barcelona play the 'beautiful' game : Xavi and Andreas Iniesta alongside the playmaker who Barca want to get desperately, Cesc Fabregas - the Gunner from Arsenal.

Just as the men who strut their stuff ahead of them : complementing the fancy pants in midfield. Fernando Torres and David Villa are most feared strikers in the world today.

But Spain's biggest advantage is the new crop, players who can do the Hail Mary stuff - a brand of football Spain are now not afraid of playing, if need be. Pedro can play anywhere across the front three but will be most used as a 'super-sub' when a goal is badly needed - something that he delivered for Barcelona time and time again in a season that produced 23 strikes, the second after Lionel Messi.

And there is the gifted Sevilla right-winger Jesús Navas who gives Spain what they have always lacked - width and crosses. Can Navas overcome his nervous condition which means that he could never be away from his Andalusian home for more than a few days at a time.

Sergio Busquests, a Barcelona youngster, would play a pivotal role in helping the defenders and holding the ball in the midfield, while Carlos Puyol and Garrard Pique will man the defence

The Strategy Session:

Spain needs to revolve around their midfield marshals where Fabregas needs to gel with Xavi and Iniesta. Their precision passing will also need to factor in the 'horrendous' Jambulani. When that happens, goals will flow.

My Trump card:

Pedro, Pepe Raina and Fernando Llorente

The Discards:

Sergio Ramos, the over-rated Real Madrid defender

My Pick:

Spain and Honduras to make it to Round of 16


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