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Biting back: Managers can't afford to be indecisive

By Stuart McKinley

Being a successful manager is all about making big decisions – and getting them right.

At this World Cup, however, Spain manager Vicente del Bosque bottled the biggest decision of them all and it cost the Spanish a place in the knockout stages.

Iker Casilas hasn't been first choice at Real Madrid for a while, but del Bosque kept faith in his No.1 and captain.

Sadly for him that faith was badly misplaced. Casilas was at fault for at least three of the Netherland's goals in their 5-1 win over Spain last week and the goalkeeper didn't exactly cover himself in glory when Chile beat the defending champions 2-0 to stamp their passport home.

It's not only Casilas' rustiness that has caused problems, it's clear to see that the vastly overrated defenders Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos have lost confidence in him, therefore they've been sitting far deeper than ever before and inviting teams onto them.

In turn the midfield hasn't been pushing forward at will like they have in the past and that has blunted their attacking threat.

And all because of a goalkeeper who has lost his mojo.

Del Bosque is expected to keep his job, with his employers backing him for Euro 2016, but he will be expected to make wholesale changes. Just one decision is needed though – whether to select Pepe Reina or David de Gea in goal.

The knock-on effect will make Spain a threat again.

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