Aragones happy to take risks
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Luis Aragones is ready to receive any flak for fielding a weakened team in Spain's final Group H game against Saudi Arabia.
Spain have already claimed a place in the World Cup second round and Aragones is putting the side's 100 percent record at risk.
Aragones has vowed to give his fringe players some action in Friday's encounter with the Saudis in Kaiserslautern.
Though anything less than a win is likely to see Aragones criticised by the demanding Spanish media, the coach is prepared to take the gamble.
"I'm going to make it difficult for myself by changing the team around," said Aragones.
"Some coaches might prefer to play safe and choose the same team, but I'm not going to do that.
"Someone might play very well and I will risk criticism because he might not be chosen for the next game.
"I'm giving an opportunity to the others to express themselves.
"All the players have great quality and I'm sure they are going to play well and win the game. I've got as much confidence in this team as the other one."
Among Aragones' changes is Santiago Canizares replacing Iker Casillas in goal, while Cesc Fabregas will start despite carrying a yellow card from an earlier game.
Aragones added: "Goalkeeper is a very difficult position, but I have to listen to my conscience and Canizares will play.
"He is in great form at the moment.
"You have to take risks sometimes and Cesc is a very important player for us with the way he reads the game.
"In any case, I don't think he will pick up another card."