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Do Spain need both Sergio Busquets and Xabi Alonso as "pivotes"? Guillem Balague has his say...Back to story
I think the Alonso/Busquets possition is not quite the issue, they are very different in their approach, Alonso is very creative so he is not quite your typical Holding midfielder, he is good in defence as well, I think the problem is upfront, i think playing without a striker can work but you have got to have Pedro in the side because he is as clinical as any striker out there, more than Torres is at the moment. Silva is not as effective on the wing, perhaps it's time to give Xavi a rest & try Iniesta & Silva in the middle, perhaps Mata on the other wing
Posted 15:18 27th June 2012
Being spoilt to choice with so much to choose from can be a problem, but holy problem. There was a time Spain played with 4 centre backs. Now they play with 5-6 midfielders, and two centre backs that could play as defensive midfielders in case of emergency (Ramos did once with RM, same year Pique played in ZAR). Many wingers would dream delivering Alba's cross for Alonso versus FR. Would he be allowed to explore those territories without the cover of XA or Busquets? Spain won Euro 2008 playing with one anchor-man, arguably the best tiki-taka ever, with Fabregas more relevant in midfield. Now 73% of the world expects Spain to master football every evening, not easy. Is it better to be pragmatic? It is working well so far. The winning mentallity being another key element, Alonso and Busquets are second to none in that aspect. Regarding comparison btw national team with RM and FCB,in Messi, FCB has the ultimate weapon, how many teams confront Barcelona with only one defensive midfielder? That clearly creates space for other players. Additionally, the 4-3-3 can become a 3-4-3, useful depending on the availability of defenders or Alves form. Real Madrid seems to make a conservative use of both Alonso and Khedira, or no use at all of Sahin for now. The tales of pessimism and lack of confidence go way back in time, but this team knows nothing about them. I regard the game btw Spain and Italy the best of Spain so far, in terms of inner control. Not that Spain played particularly well. But a game where one can be thankful of being level at minute 65, and sorry for not winning at minute 90, is not the worst way to come into competition. It shows there is potential, calculated aggression yet to be delivered. Hopefully, as a Spaniard, it won't be needed, or deployed if necessary.
Posted 13:19 27th June 2012
Most observers agree that Xabi Alonso is a bit useless in this team and that bringing in a winger like Navas (or Pedro) would help the team. The pressure of the pre-Madrid press on Del Bosque is nonetheless huge and it doesn't seem like Del Bosque has as big "cojones" as Aragones had.
Posted 12:34 27th June 2012