Originally Posted by Smiling Assassin27
I have no idea what Del Bosque is doing. It's clear that this team is totally inferior without Villa and Puyol. But instead of sticking some strikers out there that can fly AND are taller than 4 feet (Llorente), he clogs the middle with more midfielders. Granted, those midfielders are probably all top 10 in the world, but without legitimate strikers, they're just good passers.
At this point, Spain's just trying to survive and advance, but without puyol back there to anchor the defense, they'd better score some goals, which means Llorente and Torres flying up the sides. Still, i see the likes of France and England gaining false hope after watching yesterday, not understanding the skill difference that would exist with Spain.
To me, if you bring on somebody like Navas as a sub, you have to have either Torres or Llorente out there to capitalize on the crosses he will send in. It ended up working out without a striker yesterday, but it just seems like a waste to bring in the pace and skill of Navas on the wing without someone to finish up top.
As close as the game was yesterday, Spain still were generating the most opportunities and were close to having some real chances.
I have to give it up to Modric though. That guy was just a magician in the midfield and that hold-up-play-cross to Ratikic was just unreal....so accurate.