Is Barcelona's midfield now the weakest link

"Too many chiefs are not good for the Spanish game"

Gelsenkirchen. In the European Championship final two years ago, Christoph Metzelder himself was on the pitch against Spain, now the former national player, who played for Real Madrid from 2007 to 2010, keeps his fingers crossed for his colleagues as a spectator in front of the television - and explains the strengths and weaknesses of the Spaniards:

Iker Casillas: "A world-class goalkeeper who has already won all national titles, captain of the European championship team in 2008. One of the constants in the team, decisively involved in progressing against Paraguay. But if I compare him to Manuel Neuer, I would say that our number one has even more potential Has."

Sergio Ramos: "Physically unbelievably strong, nobody runs away from him. At Real he plays almost alone on the right side, is constantly on the way forward and almost plays a right winger. If he is tied on the defensive, he has his only weaknesses there. "

Gerard Pique: "One of the best central defenders in the world. Because Pique and Puyol have been in the same team at FC Barcelona for years, they are well-rehearsed, they know the paths. He is physically very robust and strong in two fights, but has one on one on the ground in the game Problems. "

Carles Puyol: "In addition to Pique, he is falling a bit, he's already over 30. He has a lot of experience and can therefore hardly be disturbed. He should have problems against fast players like Miroslav Klose."

Joan Capdevila: "Usually the weakest link in this team with the individual players who excel in all positions. But it makes a very good impression. It's a shame that Thomas Müller is out, he would really keep him busy."

Sergio Busquets: "An incredibly talented and strong player whose job it is to support the leaders in Spanish midfield."

Xavi: "He always moves at the interface between midfield and attack, is the engine of the game, makes the game fast or slows down. At the World Cup, however, he didn't really make an appearance."

Xabi Alonso: "The heart of this team. Almost all attacks run through him, similar to Bastian Schweinsteiger in the German team. However, I have the impression that there are too many chiefs in the Spanish midfield, which is not good for their game."

Andres Iniesta: "Everyone at Barcelona is talking about Messi, but it is Iniesta who generates the most impetus. He sets the pace at the club and the Spaniard the player who ignites the ideas in attacking midfield."

Cesc Fabregas: "Was injured for a long time and hasn't played that much recently at Arsenal. So he still had a bit of catching up to do, but has now fought his way into the team. A goal-scoring midfielder who should never be ignored."

David Villa: "So far Spain's absolute life insurance policy. He turns almost every chance into a goal. Villa will probably be the only point against us, but I found him even more effective on the left wing."

Fernando Torres: "He has been a disappointment for me so far, but his poor performance is easy to explain. He was injured for a long time and currently does not have the freshness to solve the crucial things. That he takes the ball too far or the ball just bounces, you don't see him otherwise. "