WC Russia 2018: Who will make the Spain squad? – Sergi Roberto axed in RB roleMarch 22, 2018
Following on from our first Who will make the Spain squad feature, we now focus on the right back role which sees Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola favourites for the trip to Russia this summer.
Jule Lopetegui has an abundance of options at right-back, but it now seems heading into the upcoming friendlies with Germany and Argentina – that he is settled on two for the World Cup.
Real Madrid’s Carvajal is favourite to start in the tournament, having played well this season for Los Blancos and his experience alongside Sergio Ramos at both club and country – hand Lopetegui the perfect balance in defence.
Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba are expected to form the remaining spots in Spain’s back four, giving the national team a well balanced look of two from Madrid and two from Barcelona.
Carvajal has 13 caps for Spain, and whilst he is favourite to start at right-back – Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta could be installed.
The Spaniard has been played largely as a centre-back under Antonio Conte this season, but has experience of playing on the right side of a back four.
Alvaro Odriozola has been impressing on all levels this season for Real Sociedad and Lopetegui will no doubt hand the youngster some experience against Germany and Argentina.
He is expected to be the second choice right-back this summer, but some have questioned why Barca defender Sergi Roberto has not been given a chance.
Roberto has Barcelona’s best player last season and he has continued in that vein this season, cementing his place at right back and becoming a long term replacement for Dani Alves.
The youngster has just three caps for the national side and has in-fact, played for the Catalonia national side on more occasions.