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With Euro 2016 fever set to grip the continent, Guillem Balague assesses holders Spains chances of winning a third consecutive European Championship crown, as well as picking his dark horses to lift the trophy. Fake Yeezy Boost 350 . A shock defeat to Georgia in their final warm-up game gave the 2008 and 2012 winners food for thought before they travelled to France on the hunt of an unprecedented Euro treble.With question marks hanging over Vicente del Bosques goalkeeping and attacking options, coupled with a lack of creativity in midfield, Sky Sports Spanish football expert offers his thoughts on his nations hopes... Spain stutter in preparations Tornike Okriashvili hit the winner as Spain lost their final pre-Euro 2016 warm-up match Even though it was a friendly, losing against Georgia is considered one of the worst defeats in the history of the Spanish national team. As Del Bosque said, it was the perfect game to galvanise everybodys interest and to end preparations on a high note but none of that happened, despite a strong team being fielded.What happened instead was Georgia, as is going to happen with many teams at Euro 2016, defended really deep. There were no spaces, in part to Spain not creating any, but there are no excuses as Spain have to work harder to create those spaces. Sky Sports Euro 2016 predictor Make your predictions with our interactive wall chart here You do that by moving the ball around quickly, not by playing long but by playing to their strengths with depth on the wings and with full-backs that surprise instead of simply being there - a lot of things that didnt happen against Georgia.I had a suspicion that, having won so much, there seems to be less interest, and pressure, for Spain to win. That is lethal. I get the impression Spain need new answers and a new way of doing things, sometimes coaches run their course and something new is needed. Georgia inflicted one of the worst defeats in Spanish football history, says Guillem Balague I dont know who will be the next coach and I could of course be proven wrong, it just feels teams have worked Spain out and it will even be difficult to come out of the group.Decisions, decisions, decisions... Who will Vicente Del Bosque pick - Iker Casillas or David de Gea? As far as the debate for the Spanish goalkeeping position is concerned, for me it should be David de Gea. However, even people that know Del Bosque closely dont know what he is going to do. Iker Casillas hasnt had a great season but, in fairness, thats the least of Spains worries.Even who will be number nine is the least of Spains worries, I think it will be Alvaro Morata, fitness permitting. The problems concern whether Spain play enough football to beat the kind of defences that lie in wait in France. Nolito key for Spain? Hes not the biggest name in Spains squad but Nolito could be a crucial figure at Euro 2016. At the moment, Del Bosque is playing with one central midfielder but he may decide to play Bruno Soriano alongside Sergio Busquets. I just think the three in front of the holding midfielder have to improve their movement and passing. Balagues Spain starting XI (4-1-4-1) De Gea Juanfran Ramos Pique Alba Busquets Silva Fabregas Iniesta Nolito Morata 2008, 2012, 2016...?Spain will compete in France because theyve got the players, they will reach the quarter-finals for sure but after that, who knows. But... need I mention the 2014 World Cup? Unless the team increases the intensity both in passing and in recovering possession, we will find it very hard to beat sides. Spains run of three consecutive tournament victories ended with a group-stage exit in Brazil Dark horses? Spain find themselves paired with two of the tournaments dark horses in Croatia and Turkey. Croatia have got great quality with Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric in midfield, as well as players with proven European pedigree in Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic. Luka Modrics Croatia are aiming to spring a surprise at Euro 2016 If Turkey progress through the group, they could do damage. They have a lot of quality up front but are generally a very balanced side.I like the look of Austria and Im intrigued to see Bayern Munichs David Alaba deployed in central midfield. They also have Stokes Marko Arnautovic and Leicesters Christian Fuchs, who weve seen can handle pressure.Recent tournament underachievers Belgium come to mind. Its not like Spain pre-2008, but there is so much potential there with the likes of Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku that if they work together, even with Vincent Kompany missing, it could be a good opportunity to prove how good this generation of players is. Eden Hazard (left) and Romelu Lukaku feature in a star-studded Belgium squad When it came to the key moments in tournaments over the past few years, Belgium didnt seem to be strong enough mentally. That is a problem theyll have to address. But, with Belgium neighbouring France, perhaps Marc Wilmots side can benefit from some added home support. Also See: Euro 2016 Fixtures Latest video Tables Fake Yeezys 350 2020 Online . "We cannot stay the same way the whole season long," said Reyes. "This is not acceptable. Something needs to change because were a better team than what were showing right now. Its a long season and we just need to continue to push." Its been a frustrating week for the ballclub. Fake Yeezy Boost 350 V3 Shoes . It is unclear how long Kallstrom, who was brought in to alleviate the teams midfield problems, will be sidelined. Arsenals communications director, Mark Gonnella, says the club decided to proceed with Kallstroms signing despite the injury. DENVER -- Ryan Miller used his head with the game on the line. No, really, his head. Late in the game, the St. Louis goalie craned his neck into the air to block a shot, taking a puck square in the mask. Anything for a win, especially this late in the season. Miller stopped 26 shots, and David Backes broke up a scoreless game in the second period, helping the Blues beat the surging Avalanche 2-1 on Saturday in a Central Division showdown. "Im just trying to fit in," Miller nonchalantly said. "Im not here to save the day or anything." But he has excelled since being acquired from Buffalo last week. He is 4-0 thanks to plays like he made late in the third period with his team ahead by a goal. Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog got loose in front, and while falling to one knee, tried to lift a shot past Miller. But the veteran rose up to thwart the shot. He was just getting warmed up, too, for the division-leading Blues. Miller withstood a furious rally by the Avalanche in the final two minutes after they pulled goalie Semyon Varlamov. "Im here to become part of this club and work my way in, keep good habits," Miller said. "Ive played a long time and think I have a lot to offer. Thats my job right now." The more chaos around Miller, the more he seemed to calm down. That is one of his best attributes, coach Ken Hitchcock said. "His whole disposition calms everybody down," Hitchcock said. "Hes good. Theres a reason hes won so many games." With the Blues up 2-0 early in the third, after Patrik Berglund added a pivotal insurance goal, Miller appeared headed toward his first shutout in nearly two years. But Colorado solved Miller when P.A. Parenteau lifted a shot over him. "Hes been solid back there," Backes said. "Doing everything that world-class goalies do." Avalanche rookie Nathan MacKinnon had his point streak snapped at 13 games. It is the NHLs longest streak by an 18-year-old player. It was a frustrating afternoon for the Avs as their four-game winning streak was haltedd. Fake Yeezys 350 V2 Outlet. They also lost one of their top offensive players when Paul Stastny went out with a back injury after his opening shift. "That was disappointing, but we didnt hang our heads, we just moved forward," forward Matt Duchene said. "Its a game of inches and they got a little more inches than us." Colorado coach Patrick Roy felt the same way. "Sometimes you arent always rewarded for the way you play and your effort," Roy said. "I thought we had better chances than them. I thought we deserved as much to win, and they did." Berglund gave St. Louis a 2-0 cushion at 3:53 of the final period when he gobbled up the puck down low, spun and lined it over the glove of Varlamov. Moments later, Parenteau beat Miller after receiving a pass from Duchene. That certainly revved up a crowded area, giving the game a playoff feel. "The fans were into this one," Landeskog said. "We left our best out there on the ice." St. Louis made it 1-0 at 7:03 of the second period on a play set up by a long pass from defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk, who has thrived against his former team since he was traded three years ago. Deep in his own end, Shattenkirk sent a pass to T.J. Oshie, who, as he was falling down, slid the puck to Backes. From there, Backes guided the puck past Varlamovs left skate. Shattenkirk has four goals and five assists in 12 games against Colorado. Both teams had a failed power play in the first period and eight shots. Miller had the save of the period when he stopped a point-blank shot from Parenteau with his left shoulder. "Its great to contribute," Miller said. "I wanted to come in and contribute." NOTES: Hitchcock tied Ron Wilson for seventh place on the NHL career wins list with 648. ... The Blues have outscored the Avs 13-5 in taking all three games in the season series. The teams will meet again on April 5 in St. Louis. ... Colorado had 13 of its 27 shots in the final period. ... Roy said of Stastnys injury: "Well know more in the next few days." ' ' '

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