Monday, June 19, 2006

Spain 3 - Tunisia 1: That's how champions do it...

Spain got its act together in the second half and started playing Poet Futbol again. Fluid, fast, furious, feisty, all the good Fs. Raul seems a bit slow to me, but you can't argue with his goal. But the team is just so laden with talent, they're great to watch...Torres, Fabregas, Joaquin, Xavi, the other Xabi...all fantastic fun to watch.

And now we know they can fight back from a goal down.

Watch out for these guys. They will play seven games in this World Cup.


Blogger Elízabeth said...

Muchacho! y no y que estás de viaje?
En qué momento escribes?
Además el partido acaba de terminar!!!
Yeah, it was so much fun to watch

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spain is difficult to evaluate because they haven't been challenged yet. Tunisia attacked twice and scored once. How good is the Spanish defense? What's going to happen when they meet Brasil in the quarterfinals? Will they have to ease off the attack to shore up their defense? More questions than answers. Spain's a big question mark.

10:57 PM  
Blogger vergueishon said...

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11:52 PM  
Blogger vergueishon said...

Umm...Isn't anyone going to mention the most obvious thing coming out of this match -ie, Spain's achile's heel? I mean come on, the guys get scored on once early on and they lose any ability to deliver. I mean sure, they got fast, fluid passing, their D wasn't too bad and we know what the forwards can do. Plus, Tunisia's D was about as tight as it gets. But, to see them pull so many strings and then flinch at the last minute in the goalie box can only mean one thing: Spain has mamitis! After all, this is the country where boys leave home late, bet. 25 and 30 years of age. My theory is, under pressure and with a losing score, Spain loses confidence in itself, especially where it counts (ie, inside the box). Raul's ecstatic piggy back after the first one said it all ("mira mami, meti un gol!"). Now, this doesn't mean Spain doesn't have what it takes, just that they're just a bit unsure of themselves, lacking the confidence of an adult team.

11:54 PM  
Blogger Francisco said...


LOSE ANY ABILITY TO DELIVER? What are you high?! They scored three goals! It's true that Villa was not very effective in offense, but when they brought in Joaquin on the right they totally destabilized the Tunisians. Fabregas showed that he can create goals even when he plays as a defensive midfielder. The team showed its depth, its ability to reinvent itself. Aragonés showed he understands his (excellent) bench, and knows how to transform their play by substituting.

I agree that they were too nervy and disorganized in the first half - for once, they could've used a bit more experience and a bit less youth. But after half time they were a different team.

Hey, I'm not saying they will win. I am saying they are final-four material. Definitely.

3:53 AM  
Blogger vergueishon said...

No I'm not high. My point was, they get nervous and become doubting thomases, even though they can pressure and get the ball together down to the box. I'm not being hard on them, I think Spain is very talented, just they need some encouragement whispered in their ears. Again, it's just a psychological criticism, not a physical or technical one...

10:19 AM  
Blogger vergueishon said...

PS-by deliver I meant "finish"

10:19 AM  
Blogger Vittorio Pozzi said...

Spain will not get to the q finals. They always fall apart when pressured.

Predictions are very tenuous at this stage, especailly after the Czechs getting mated by Ghana.

12:26 PM  

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