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Real Madrid’s players are coming off a victorious final and an overwhelming sense of achievement. One wonders how the players who are coming off such a high will motivate themselves for the big cup. Though Real have played an equal number of matches as Atletico, their large squad coped better.
Del Bosque will be losing some sleep and, hopefully, less hair the state of the fulcrum of his midfield, formed by Barcelona’s Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. Fresh off their first trophy-less season in six years, the players, who fill three of the five midfield positions, were mentally devastated. “I feel so bad, I just feel disappointment and disillusionment,” Iniesta said. “The season has ended and so have a lot of things.”
Iniesta was devastated as close friend Victor Valdes, who was a given in the squad, suffered a season-ending injury in March while Barcelona’s previous coach Tito Vilanova died of cancer. Add to the mix a season of underachievement and that is a potent brew for a serial-winner to digest.
After a season of contrasts among the players, primarily gleaned from the top three clubs in Spain, del Bosque, a great motivator, has quite a job on his hands.
FIFA Ranking: 1
Betting Ranking: 4
ELO Ranking: 2
Coach: Vicente Del Bosque
Star Players: Gerard Pique, David Villa, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Fernando Torres