The Spanish national team, built on a foundation of Barcelona players, will face France on Tuesday with automatic qualification for the 2014 World Cup potentially at stake. With four qualifying matches remaining, Spain trail France by two points in Group I and a setback in Paris would put Vicente del Bosque’s squad in an awkward position for a berth in Brazil. Group runner-ups must play an additional qualifying round to see who goes on to the finals next year. And, in an odd coincidence, this decisive match happens a week before FC Barcelona proper travel to Paris for their April 2nd date with PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Drama like this makes the international break tolerable! Does Spain have what it will take to beat France?