Honduras Camp Focus – Beat Spain or go home

There are few tasks more Herculean in international football than needing a result against European Champions Spain, but that is the reality of the predicament that Los Catrachos find themselves in going into their second World Cup Group H encounter. While Switzerland have shown that the pre-tournament favourites are not infallible, it is nevertheless a mammoth challenge for a Honduras team that rarely looked dangerous against Chile in their opening game.

This will be the sternest examination yet of Reinaldo Rueda’s coaching credentials. Recent history suggests that the Honduras Coach will approach the game cautiously, probably retaining the 4-5-1 formation deployed against Chile. Rueda has acknowledged how dangerous the Spanish – who are themselves desperate for a result – will be: “That result (against Switzerland) means they will face us with greater intensity. We cannot let ourselves be distracted by that result.” Rueda will have noted that Spain were defeated by a defensively resolute, well-organised Swiss team, and that Spain themselves, for all their dominance in possession, severely lacked a cutting edge.

The Catrachos Coach is more than aware of Spain’s own deadliness on the counter-attack however, and will therefore likely attempt to give them little chance to do so. This could see the deployment of two holding midfielders in a five man Honduras midfield, with Wilson Palacios partnered in central midfield by Wigan’s Hendry Thomas. Emilio Izaguirre could also find himself moved onto the left wing from his previous full-back position to provide added defensive steel to the midfield and cope with the threat posed by David Silva, with Maynor Figueroa moving to left-back and V

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