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Guillem Balague:

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Pure quality
Pure quality Guillem Balague

Pure quality

Guillem Balague says that Spain's quality meant they could play whatever game they wanted and still win.

Pressing ahead Guillem Balague

Pressing ahead

Guillem blogs on the state of the press pack following a Spanish team that knows how to win a big final.

A spot of stress Guillem Balague

A spot of stress

Guillem blogs on his penalty panic, Spain's striker-less success and a ticking off from King Kenny!

Does it take two? Guillem Balague

Does it take two?

Do Spain need both Sergio Busquets and Xabi Alonso as "pivotes"? Guillem Balague has his say...

End of Spain's reign? Guillem Balague

End of Spain's reign?

Can Spain defeat Portugal in the semi-finals of Euro 2012? Guillem Balague isn't so sure...

Spain's Plan B Guillem Balague

Spain's Plan B

Guillem Balague looks at the controversial decision taken by Vicente del Bosque that sealed Spain's victory.

Backing Spain! Guillem Balague

Backing Spain!

Guillem Balague believes that Spain have the winning mentality to beat France and make the last four.

Perspective perhaps? Guillem Balague

Perspective perhaps?

Guillem Balague wonders why Spain were the only team who didn't celebrate reaching the last eight.

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