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Chelsea Duo Make Spain WC Squad

Vicente Del Bosque trimmed his provisional World Cup squad down to the compulsory twenty-three last night.

Contained within his 23 man squad, a squad that is expected to challenge for the honour of World Cup winners, are the Chelsea duo of Cesar Azpilicueta and Fernando Torres.

The former had a storming season for Chelsea, often playing out of position at left back, whilst the latter somewhat struggled.

But it seems that Del Bosque has retained his faith in the misfiring striker who got on the score-sheet in Spain`s 2-0 win over Bolivia last night, in a friendly international, with Torres converting a penalty.

Here at Vital Chelsea we`ll monitor how both perform in the forthcoming festival of football over in Brazil.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday May 31 2014

Time: 1:59PM

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Good on Fernando. I love this guy. As bad as hes been for us, from what i recall, hes never said a bad word abbout us.
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31/05/2014 15:08:00

Let this be the end of those claims from folks who suggest that VDB is pious objective unbiased example for other managers. As with all managers his decision making is laced with all other managers he has his innate bias and it shows so clearly here. His three strikers; Torres, David Villa both who have had un impressive seasons...Torres being the worst and then his final striker a Diego Costa who has a hamstring injury which if their sports medicine staff had any ounce of objectivety left they would have told VDB he needs a full month of total rest for it to have a chance to heal. Left behind are Negredo and LLorente both of whom had double digit scoring seasons and were far more productive that El Nino or Villa. Clearly the choices were not made on merit. One could argue that La Roja hardly ever play with a striker any way ..often deploying the false 9 formation but i think these guys are going to get found out in Brazil.. The world is wiser to tica taka now; it is no longer the novelty it was in 2010 and many of their big name stars are older and no longer at their peak. That includes Xavi, Busquets and Xabi who did not have impressive seasons this year if one is to be objective and not be blinded by past glory and achievements. Furthermore playing world cup in south America is very different from the south Africa experience as they will soon find out. It will be very interesting to watch what happens and how the famous spanish press turn on VDB the moment this thing goes south and they meet their waterloo at the world cup.
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31/05/2014 16:58:00

Harsh to question VDB's objectivity I think. Coaching a national team is not simply a question of picking the best 23 and then the best XI players. If he feels having Torres and Villa is better for the group with Costa starting, who is to say his decision is based on anything other than his honest opinion over who gives Spain the best overall chance of success? Some of his decisions are indeed debatable but questioning the integrity of his motives seems wrong.
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31/05/2014 19:18:00

@Gabeu is definately not questioning His decisions @Clark, he is only saying just like other coaches, bias and personal preference is included thier team selections. I think He is talking about the questioning of Mourinho's preference for certain players in our team over others...
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31/05/2014 19:30:00

IkDaniels gets my point which is to say that one of the great prerogatives every manager should have is free reign to choose his players. When he gets success he is deified..when he however makes questionable decisions and things go south he can rightfully expect the guillotine. VDB has pretty much done it all as a player and this point i dont think he could care less even if he were sacked after the world cup..he will do things his way and that is what his selections show. Jose should be accorded that courtesy as well knowing fully well that as we know who our owner is failure will have major consequences and Roman is not famous for his patience.
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