Posted 29 June 2010 - 04:20 PM
What a boring fucking game, my god. Spain have only one way to score and that's tight area passing near the box. Theor talented forward players rarely take on defenders and against a better team, I doubt they do much. To be fair, Ramos had an excellent game running the right side of the attack. Villa looks in top form, he was most certainly a bright spot on this miserable day. The defense had a couple of very close calls (the Puyol deflection, I think there were others). Torres was an amateurish clothes hanger abortion (shades of Kaka with an injury as a possible excuse), Iniesta was ineffective, and there was no need to have both Busquets and Alonso in there.
Not to be outdone, Portugal, who may be the most overrated team in the world, did nothing during 90 minutes. They have decent defense, Cronaldo, and nothing else. Coentrao (sp?, the LFB) was the only player who showed a pulse and he disappeared during the 2nd half.
I fully expect Spain to play a similar, if not a more effective, version of the same gameplan against Paraguay, but a grittier, more physical Paraguay could show expose some weaknesses in this Spanish squad. In all likelihood though, Spain will pass the ball around, eventually score a decent goal, then play keep-away.
Where I think it gets interesting is the semis, if Spain qualifies, against Germany/Argentina. Argentina can probably play the possession game as well as Spain, and throws many more players who are in better form forward. whereas Germany could probably break up Spanish possession through physical play or render it ineffective through their organization.