Whatever the issues they had before the WC they weren't expected to implode the way they did. No one expected that. And where it's easy to say they should have used other players etc, I mean their bench was better than most other teams including probably their own first team! They were on track to beat the Dutch. 1-0 up and Silva misses a great chance to make it 2-0. This is a Dutch team, who are usually arrogant enough in their own abilities, that didn't rate their chances. The Dutch public didn't think they had the quality. Yet out of nowhere, Van Persie scores that goal and everything changes. This is a game that broke the Spanish and made the Dutch.
Even at that, you never expected them to lose to Chile. And it was just a train crash waiting to happen.
You would have expected them to make it out of the group and who knows after that. Fabregas could have been played and Costa could have come good and all of a sudden there's a different look to them. Not saying they would have won it but no one wanted to play them in the knock out stages.