La vida es una tómbola
Laurent Blanc criticised England’s defensiveness but did the same against Spain, using two right-backs. It did not work. It never does. If the analysis is reduced to results, and it often is, there’s only one conclusion. Spain have won 16 of 17 competitive games, drawing the other against Italy. They are World and European champions. Teams may succeed in reducing Spain’s chances but they reduce their own; Spain’s ability to protect through possession becomes greater. Opponents think that they are discomforting Spain but they are wrong. The only team not to lose to them, the only team to score, were the only team that pushed high, attacked them and competed for possession. Italy.