Washington, DC, Saturday---Spain coach, Vicente del Bosque, is expected to use several of the team players who were involved in the Champions League final in today’s final World Cup 2014 tune up against El Salvador at FedEx Field.
Del Bosque, at yesterday’s press conference, echoed the confidence his players evinced a the Wednesday one, and seemed at ease with the progress his charges have made both in recovering physically from the long European season and in beginning to rebuild that chemistry essential to a championship run.
El Salvador, reeling from match fixing problems that effectively banned several players, coaches and administrators, and with a Spanish coach, Albert Roca, who is leading his team for only the second match, is determined to use this high profile opportunity to begin to change the team’s image.
The Central Americans will be looking to rebuild a team decimated by their recent troubles but one that already has something to build upon. Their recent showing in a friendly against the Ivory Coast cementing the work already under way.
Today, Brazil-bound Spain will be intent on two agendas—not incurring any new injuries while giving their squad a final chance to jell on field in the way their relaxed and comfortable demeanor with one another at the Mandarin Oriental hotel eateries seemed to suggest they were achieving at a personal level.
The crowd, judging from the traffic jam outside will be substantial on this bright and balmy day. With hours to go before kick-off autograph seekers, though orderly, are ten deep alongside the seats above the player tunnels. Shakira’s World Cup 2010 theme, “This is Africa,” blares from the stadium’s speakers as Pique and company begin to emerge for some early field reconnaissance as it’s a bit early for warm ups.
The atmosphere is truly festive for what feels like the USA send-off of the world champions, we are all hoping the game will live up to the frame that has now been set for it.