July 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm #32633
Their style of play has changed since the World Cup, I think that’s the way Del Bosque wanted it though. Play boring in the group stages, quarters and semi, then let loose in the final. It threw Italy off and made it more unpredictable.
David Villa has been a big miss for them too. Had he played, they may have been more attacking. Del Bosque didn’t feel confident enough in Torres to lead the line for most of the tournament.
Bring on World Cup 2014. I’m begging for either Japan, South Korea, or Aus to win. Bored of European and South American teams haha.July 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm #32641
Shame about the injuries, Italy were playing quite decently up until then, and had some good chances. Sucked the life out of the game a bit. Nice to see Torres get the golden boot though.July 2, 2012 at 5:53 am #32661
Do feel a bit sorry for Torres. He’s had an up and down time at Chelsea. Left out of the starting line up for most of Spain’s matches, but then gets the golden boot and scores in the final.
Now that the Euros are over, it’s pre season time and the European leagues start up again next month.
First up, charity shield between Man City vs. Chelsea.
Btw, クリス, I read in another thread you’re from Barbados. Do you still live there?
July 2, 2012 at 6:41 am #32665
- This reply was modified 11 years, 5 months ago by kanjiman8.
Injured players should result in a free substitute, at least in the finals. Having to play 1 player down because of that is just stupid.
July 2, 2012 at 6:43 am #32668
- This reply was modified 11 years, 5 months ago by Luke.
I agree, but that rule could potentially be abused and a player could feign injury if he’s on a yellow card or just playing badly. It’s the same situation with a sudden death shootout. There’s not really any better solution to end a match other than to have penalties.July 2, 2012 at 7:48 am #32673
I agree, but that rule could potentially be abused and a player could feign injury if he’s on a yellow card or just playing badly.
Hehe, by “potentially” did you mean without a shadow of a doubt? :P
Yep I still live here. I can’t see myself living anywhere else, but I do like to travel.July 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm #32686
Yes, that’s what I really meant haha.
Barbados looks beautiful. Stunning looking island. The beaches must be paradise.July 2, 2012 at 6:41 pm #32698
Yes it’s a pretty sweet place to relax. :)July 2, 2012 at 6:46 pm #32699
Prandelli using his third substitution on 57 minutes….I still can’t get over that. Sure Spain probably would’ve won but after that Italy had no chance.July 2, 2012 at 11:44 pm #32714
I can imagine. I prefer urban surroundings, but going to a place like that for a vacation is worth it.
It was panic tactics used in the spur of the moment. Looking back, he probably would of brought on the subs later. As you say, Spain still would of won.
Isn’t it telling how there’s divides in the Spain camp, mainly between the Real Madrid and Barcelona players, yet they can put that aside and win a tournament. But with Holland, it destroys all team spirit and they fail to even get a single point.July 3, 2012 at 7:52 am #32730
I don’t think it’s fair to say that it was panic tactics. He had only made one actual sub prior (at half time), and it’s quite normal to make a change at 60 minutes, to get a fresh player in for the remaining time. Yes, he had no more subs after that, but he made a bold move to try and change the game, which needed changing.
I don’t think he (or anyone) could have foreseen that the substitute would pull a hamstring, after another player already gone off injured. How often do you see two players go off injured in a game? Think back to all the games you have watched. To be thinking “well, I shouldn’t sub anyone in because there is a 0.1% chance that another player will get injured” is poor, timid management IMO.
Yes, a lot of people would go insane at the slow pace (and confinement) of things if they were here for too long.July 3, 2012 at 8:47 am #32737
I agree that he had no way of knowing two players would get injured including one of the subs. The point I was trying to make was, he might regret his decision to try and change the game, instead of accepting it was already over and not to concede anymore. That’s football for you. He took a gamble and it didn’t pay off that time.
On another note, interesting to see AVB become new Spurs manager. I wonder if he’ll be given more time there or will his reign end the same way it did at Chelsea?
Haha, I probably wouldn’t like to live there then, but would definitely visit. The whole Caribbean looks like paradise. Anyone other famous Barbadian’s other than Rihanna?July 4, 2012 at 2:02 am #32777
@k man – That is bizarre, the Real & Barca players getting along in the national team. They go at each so hard and ferociously in the league and then completely put it side – fascinating.
Premier league club, patience? Rangers will win the league before that happens, surely!
@ クリス – I too have always found the whole “timid” approach, as you describe it, as bizarre and overly cautious. Yet, the one time a manager breaks with tradition it backfires!July 4, 2012 at 8:49 am #32783
I read in the media, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique don’t get on and there’s some tension between the other players from both sides. Saying that, Iker Cassilas and Xavi seem to be good friends. It comes down to being professional and uniting when they’re together for the national team, but trying to kick each other off the pitch during the El Clasico’s haha.
When there’s only three long serving managers left in the Prem, that shows how club owners want immediate success and aren’t willing to wait. As for Rangers, I think it’s harsh they’ve been kicked out of the SPL. Sure, they should be punished for choosing an owner who ruined the clubs finance, but ultimately it’s the fans that will suffer. I think points deduction or a transfer ban would of been sufficient.
The breaking news is Robin van Persie says he won’t sign a new contract at Arsenal. I have two views of this. First is how infuriating the club is run. They try to run it like a business than a football club. It seems the only ambition is to finish above Spurs each season and make the top 4. That just isn’t good enough and it’s no wonder the best players end up wanting to leave. David Dean should never have left. The current set up is run by that muppet Gazidis and Hill Wood. With unambitious men like them in charge, the club won’t progress.
Secondly, although he had an amazing season last season, he’s 28 and has been injury prone in the past. Who knows if he is able to replicate that form again. The team is too reliant on him scoring goals. The team needs to play like a team and not just rely on one player. This could end up being the kick up the backside the club needs to sort itself out, or it will lead to more misery. If he goes, the club have to reinvest the money.
I think he’ll go to Man City. They can offer higher wages and better chance of silverware. Extremely frustrating being an Arsenal supporter.July 4, 2012 at 11:21 am #32790
Yeh, hindsight is always 20/20. It’s unfortunate as an Italy goal would have made for a more exciting finish.
I think Rihanna is the only universally known person in modern times (other than myself :P). Sir Garfield Sobers was famous if you were an old time cricket fan. For vacation, you can’t really go wrong with any of the islands in terms of scenery and relaxation (except maybe Trinidad).
It’s true, Murphy’s Law. :)
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.