KAZAN, 6 May. / Corr. Rustam Kilsinbaev. The Spanish national football team has experienced a process of generation change, today the team is balanced and has a great chance of winning the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Such an opinion with TASS in the Park FM-2018 in Kazan shared the former defender of the Spanish national team and Madrid "Real Madrid" Michel Salgado.
The football park in Kazan accepts guests on May 5 and 6. The honored guest of the festival was Salgado.
Spain squad won the European Championship in 2008 and 2012, the World Cup in 2010. At the 2014 World Cup, the national team could not leave the group, but at the European Championship-2016 was eliminated from the fight in the 1/8 finals.
"It must be remembered that the Spanish team made almost impossible. We won three tournaments in a row – two European championships and one world championship. Yes, indeed, the championship in Brazil was not very successful for us – the first match against the Netherlands (in the first match of the tournament the Spanish team lost to the Dutch with a score of 1: 5 – TASS comment) created a deceptive impression, this match was quite difficult for us, but during this time, which has passed since the last World Cup, there was a change of generations, and not a sharp and radical, but a gradual", – said the football player.
According to Salgado, now the team has both young and experienced players, which creates a balance and increases the chances of winning. "Now we can say that the Spanish team is very balanced in terms of the fact that it has players with a lot of experience – it’s Andres Iniesta, Gerard Piquet, at the same time came the young players – the goalkeeper, several field players. Therefore, I think that now the Spanish national team has a great chance of winning, because it represents an ideal balance between a great experience and a new, young generation", – he said.
The Football World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities. The rivals of the Spanish national team in the group stage will be the teams of Portugal (June 15, Sochi), Iran (June 20, Kazan) and Morocco (June 25, Kaliningrad).