New Delhi: Former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia has picked Germany as the favourites to win the FIFA World Cup 2014 and feels sad for Spain, saying the defending champions didn't deserve to make a first round exit. "I didn't expect Spain to go out so early. Nobody expected them to make a first-round exit. England were also in a difficult Group of Death. But the most shocking result was Spain going out in the first round," Bhutia said on the sidelines of Google Cafe on Tuesday.
Bhutia feels that Spain coach Vicente del Bosque, who led the team to victory in the 2010 edition and the 2008 and 2012 Euros, got it wrong this time. "At times managers do get it wrong. It was the starting line-up that del Bosque got wrong. (Diego) Costa was definitely injured and not well but started both the games. He was not fitting well into the system," he said.
Bhutia was highly impressed with Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa but his favourite is German goalie Michael Neuer. The former striker feels that the difference between the top and the 32nd team in the World Cup has reduced and it was apparent from the some of the upsets that took place.