Italy or Spain: Who should be the favorites to top the WCQ group?

Discussion in 'Italy: National Teams' started by HomokHarcos, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. HomokHarcos

    HomokHarcos Member+

    Jul 2, 2014
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Country:
    United States
    Spain seemed to be the favorite before the Euros, but since Italy had their win against Spain, who would be the favorites now?
     
  2. Rosay

    Rosay Member+

    May 7, 2014
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Not Spain
     
  3. TheAnswer1313

    TheAnswer1313 Member

    Dec 12, 2007
    Charleston, WV
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Country:
    Italy
    I don't know.

    One game really shouldn't have an effect on who is the favorite and who isn't. That being said, I'm not sure we weren't better than Spain even BEFORE the Euros.

    I think the teams will split the points against one another and it'll come down to how each of them does against the other teams in the group.
     
  4. Baggionero

    Baggionero Member+

    Apr 23, 2015
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Spain for now, but I think if Ventura does hold true to his word and uses the youth, it could be a completely different story.
     
  5. calabrese8

    calabrese8 Member+

    Feb 9, 2008
    Vancouver
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    i'd say its pretty close but i'd give us the edge if everyone is healthy
     
  6. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    Well here is the thing. I honestly think we are the best team in this group, but the fact is Spain usually thrashes the smaller teams by more goals. So if we want to win this group we will have to at least beat Spain in one of the games and tie Spain in the other.

    Also Italy First Team > Spain First Team, but Spain has a ridiculous amount of talent on the bench that Italy does not have.
     
  7. johnny6

    johnny6 Member

    AC Milan
    Italy
    Jun 29, 2011
    Club:
    AC Milan
    Country:
    Italy
    I agree, we always get screwed with injuries though, seems like it's been a curse since 2006, thanks Nesta and Vieri!
     
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  8. totti fan

    totti fan Member+

    Jun 24, 2010
    Club:
    SSC Napoli
    Country:
    Italy
    Spain has better players atm, but Conte was > Del Bosque
     
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  9. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    Mostly but Italy has a better defense though. By now the midfield is comparable, and Italy could arguably be better in midfield over time.

    Iniesta and Alonso are aging and losing a bit, while Verratti is growing. Marchisio is at his prime at the moment although he is aging as well but I think he still has a few good years. I think De Rossi is superior to Busquets.

    Then there are the young players like Koke vs Benassi, and a lot more.

    Both Spain and Italy have promising players in attack.

    Nolito, Morata, Silva, Diego Costa vs Belotti, Berardi, Bernardeschi, Insigne, etc.
     
  10. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    United States
    That's what happened in the World Cup 2014 Qualifying group Israel was in. Russia and Portugal each won their home game against the other one. Russia beat Israel twice and Portugal drew with Israel twice, including when Portugal hosting Israel in their second-to-last game. That let Russia win the group by 1 point, and Portugal qualified by winning a playoff against Sweden.
     
  11. world soccer magazines

    Italy
    Oct 31, 2016
    Spain still has better players and are better against minnows in qualifying than Italy.
     
  12. Italy-Azzurri-Fan

    Nov 15, 2014
    Club:
    Juventus FC
    Country:
    Italy
    Yeah the only way we can win the group, is to beat Spain away next year.
     
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