Good news for Real Madrid fans: Xabi Alonso has finally recovered from the ankle injury. Alonso is now set back on the track and he took his place in the Spanish team to line up for the 16th World Cup clash on Tuesday, against Portugal.
For Spanish team’s coach – Vicente Del Bosque, Alonso’s ankle injury was one of the many issues that have been troubling him, followed by the defeat against Switzerland.
Alonso’s arrival has set back the same old plans for the entire Spanish team.
Obviously it means that Sergio Ramon, Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol will be taming the Portuguese beast – Cristiano Ronaldo, while Fernando Torres and David Villa will take care of scoring for the team.
Portugal has been keeping a clean record in the last 22 matches and they are hoping to make it to 23. With the tremendous amount of support expected from Ricardo Carvalho, Fabio Coentrao, Ricardo Costa and Bruno Alves, Portugal is expecting a slight leverage over their Spanish counterpart.
Among other concerns, Paraguay holds threat to both teams because only one of them will be lucky enough to have a match against the Paraguayan team.