Spain vs Slovakia – Team news: David de Gea and Juan Mata on the bench

by Sam Peoples

Spain starting XI vs Slovakia: Casillas; Juanfran, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Fabregas, Iniesta; Pedro, Costa, Silva

David de Gea and Juan Mata have both been left on the bench for Spain’s game against Slovakia this evening.

With an important game against Liverpool on Saturday, Manchester United fans were hoping to see De Gea start because he hasn’t played any competitive football this season.

There has been so much speculation over De Gea’s position as Spain’s potential No.1 goalkeeper and Vicente del Bosque’s decision to play Casillas is indicative of the fact it is far from guaranteed.

As for Mata, he has just been recalled to the squad so it’s not too much of a surprise to see him on the bench. With so many talented midfielders in the Spain squad, it’s impossible for all of them to start.

Hopefully Del Bosque will give them both some minutes ahead of this weekend’s big game against Liverpool.

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