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Can Spain start their title defence with a bang? Pictured: Euro 2016 - Spain Training - Stadium Municipal, Toulouse, France - 12/6/16 - Spain's coach Vicente Del Bosque during a training session.Reuters

Defending European champions Spain open their campaign in Euro 2016 on Monday as they get set to take on Czech Republic at the Municipal Stadium in Toulouse. The best news ahead of the match remains that none of the players of both teams are injured.

Croatia are currently the leaders from Group D of the competition after they won their opening game of the tournament over Turkey. 

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Reports have mentioned that David de Gea, who got mired in controversy just days back following reports alleging that the Spanish custodian organised a sex party for his teammates in 2012, is likely to start the match, ahead of Iker Casillas. 

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, however, hasn't given any confirmation of who would be starting. "I'm going to tell them together," said Del Bosque in the pre-match press conference, as quoted by ESPN FC. "I will tell the goalkeepers at the same time as the rest of the players.

"We have to think about situations for the team, we're not thinking just about the keeper [but] thinking about the whole team. The final decision will be made tomorrow [Monday]."

Among other players, Alvaro Morata is expected to start up front for La Roja alongside Nolito, who has been in a stunning form, scoring four times in the last three international friendlies for Spain. Manchester City hotshot David Silva is also set for his 100th cap for Spain.

For Czech Republic, only Marek Suchy remains suspended. Going into the clash against the defending champions, Czech are surely deemed as the underdogs, but is coach Pavel Vrba a bit wary about what will be the result of the match? Not really, says the Czech football manager.

"I love their [Spain's] technique and how they move. It's great, it's genius," Vrba told Spanish daily AS. "I think the whole world should learn from them in that respect. We respect Spain. They're the favourites and it will be a tough and important test for us.

"But the football they play is not a novelty to us - it's very similar to Bayern, Real Madrid and Barcelona and that's how they're going to play against us. They control the ball well, they have good technique and all the players can attack. But I think there's a few things we can surprise them with," he explained.

Spain are unbeaten in four games against the Czech Republic. Both teams are also coming to the game at the back of a defeat in their previous friendly games.

Where to watch live

Euro 2016: Spain vs Czech Republic is scheduled for a 2 p.m. BST (6:30 p.m. IST, 9 a.m. EST) start on June 13, 2016.


India: Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD, Sony Six, Sony Six HD.

United Kingdom: ITV 1 UK, STV Scotland.

United States of America: ESPN 3 USA, ESPN Deportes TV.

France: beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2, TFI.

Spain: TeleCinco Espana.

Czech Republic: CT Sport.


India: Sony Liv.

US: Watch ESPN.

France: Bein Sports Connect France.

UK: ITV Hub.

Spain: Mitele.

Czech Republic: None.

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