Chuft-Captain wrote:Bad luck Fridger
... but you have to admire Spain's strategy. They completely shut down and starved Germany of any real opportunity to get into the game. -- This was the perfect strategy against a team like the Germans. A real masterclass in control and short passing...and quite "chess-like" in terms of strategy.
I don't know if I saw more than a dozen times when they passed the ball more than 6 inches from the ground. Great one-touch controlled football.
Looks like Paul the Octopus' winning streak continues though... assuming he's still alive!! (I hear there's been death threats! )
Well I completely agree and right after the first half (0:0), I already pointed this out above. Many analyses by German football experts agreed that currently Spain is the world's best team. The replacement of Mueller by far less dangerous players was considered only as a minor effect.
It was also stated that Spain played by far their best game of the WC 2010 against Germany, while Germany did not have their best day. Don't forget, for example that Spain lost against Switzerland! Such fluctuations at the level of only ONE goal difference always happen. Germany also had a number of dangerous goal chances. Yet Spain definitely played the better game.