Originally Posted by gyldenlove
Spain is good at scoring against bad teams, but their offense is definitely lacking. Of the 26 goals they scored in qualification, 10 came against Lichtenstein (a country with fewer citizens than Boulder and roughly the same number of soccer players as CU) they have won only 6 of the 88 games they have played in official competitions ever and are the 3rd lowest ranked team in Europe, I don't think there is a single professional player on the roster.
In the Uefa tournament they repeated by scoring 4 goals against the worst team in the tournament (Ireland) and scoring a combined 4 goals against Croatia, Italy, Portugal and France - that is a lower per game scoring than teams such as Denmark, Germany, Russia, Sweden and the same as Greece, England, Portugal. Italy has scored 6 goals in 5 games but were gifted 2 by Ireland so their scoring is also 4 goals in 4 games against decent teams.
The 49ers used to have the most explosive offense in the league, but what they did have doesn't matter. In this tournament Spain has played boring and defensive and have scored a pitiful amount of goals against good teams - if it wasn't because they set records defensively they would not be in the final.
Didn't know that they put up 10 against Litchtenstein, that's a good point. I still think though that their possession really saps their goal scoring numbers since the natural response is to sit back and defend as teams know Spain are easily capable of brilliant moments if their defense lapses. I agree that Spain doesn't score much, but that might be a result of their own skill in the midfield and lack of a true striker.
I think the final will probably be a fairly boring game once again, but I'm hoping for a bit more drama.