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Jamie Redknapp is sticking with Spain, even if Fernando Torres is on the bench against Germany.Back to story
Charles, u think Spain is boring??? Thats the reason the ENGLISH fail. They are too direct and utterly idealess. The spanish are about technicality and movement. What service do they need for Torres?? He plays in England and he is too used to the long balls and crosses. Am sorry to say, this is Espanyol and no such services will be available to him. You either choose to come deep and get the ball, or you read the play and your movement between the lines of defences. Without a player like Alonso or Xavi is the reason the English has failed to succeed. So grace up and salute the Spanish for their absolute genius of possession football.
Posted 21:35 7th July 2010
I Just Hope Spain play a little better tonight. The Game against Paraquay was very quiet until there was a spell of 2 penalties in 2 mins. I still feel that Spain will have the edge over Germany but Germany's counter attack is spot on so Spain will have to watch out for Bastian scwienchsteiger coz he is a very good player and he will make a difference tonight. Should be an interesting game!!! I will be cheering for Spain purely because they have world class players and they should win this!!
Posted 17:28 7th July 2010
I don't agree with the comment that Busquets has been poor. He's there solely to break up the play then give the ball to Xavi or Iniesta. He's done that quite well. He's managed to keep Toure out of the Barça team and his good performances have continued in the World Cup.
Posted 16:32 7th July 2010
I would hope that Germany win this one. Spain's style of play has been atrociously boring to watch. 4-5 central midfielders trying to walk the ball into the net for 70 minutes before David Villa gets 1 goal courtesy of a few rebounds is not something Spain should be proud off. Torres is playing badly because Spain's very good wingers are being left on the bench and so there is just no service for him. Germany will hold a deep line and play on the counter attack while the Spainish centre midfielders take turns trying to dribble the ball past the defence.
Posted 15:18 7th July 2010
Jamie i could not have said it better myself. I am really hoping that Fernando will score at some stage, i too believe he should not start tonight, rather him come on in the second half. Spain to win
Posted 15:14 7th July 2010
the spain v.germany match is too close to call, the spanish are a solid team full of individuals who work for one another while the germans have individual players of world class about them players like ogil, schweinsteiger and podolskithere is however a weakness in the german back four with the left back boateng, he pushes to far up the pitch and keeps on getting caught out of position far too often,i think we could see extra time and penalties between these too tonight.
Posted 15:06 7th July 2010
I hope my team win tonight. We respect Germany at all, they played the best football until today in this world cup, but i hope Spain show tonight the amazing football they have played last 2 years. Torres should play, he loves this matches under pressure, sometimes he looks disconnected, but this is the main characteristic of the great players, they only need one second to show their talent. Good luck for both teams ! I guess we are going to see the best match in this world cup.
Posted 14:47 7th July 2010
Spain 3 Germany 1
Posted 14:44 7th July 2010
Hello Mr. Redknapp. My opinion on this Titans' clash is as follows: 1- Germany are a very... very good Footballing Squad. But they have trashed teams that don't have a good midfield. Sure you could say it is not the case for England, as England can count on terrific midfielders. But they did not deliver nor showed any solidity throughout the competition. Against Spain, Germany will get back to earth. Serbia forced them into reality because of this midfield strength. 2- As for Spain, things are completely different. So far, they have only faced teams that have given themselves the mandate to prevent Spain from playing. Switzerland proved how anti-football it could work. Honduras could only hope to prevent Spain from scoring too much. Chile tried to block the pitch. Portugal fielded 10 defenders with Ronaldo. Paraguay? They gave temselves the mandate to replace Italy as total Cadenaccio Kings. Hence, Germany is the first test in which Spain will probably be able to play its purest game - moving the ball around. As a Spain fan, I'm more confident facing Germany than facing Paraguay...
Posted 14:15 7th July 2010
Agree with most of that Jamie...However to claim Alonso has been poor is far wide of the mark. In a team that relies so heavily on a pass and move ethos, Alonso, along with David Villa (for more obvious reasons) has been Spain's top performer. What he does is keep the ball moving, allowing play to develop quickly in front of him, a point guard to the attacking pressure Spain apply, whilst also clever enough to know when a game can be slowed to suit Spain's defensive desires. He did it so effectively for Liverpool for so many years, dictating the tempo at which a game is played, that we struggled without that engine last season. It is no co-incidence that since his talents have been plied in his own country that he has become an ever present in the national side line-up, while the ever hyped Cesc Fabregas warms the bench. Why do you think Fabregas is so desperate to get back to his own country?
Posted 14:02 7th July 2010
Spain will win. Yes Germany are brilliant on the counter attack but everything Germany are bringing forward is coming from the left starting from Schweinsteiger and then out to Podolski. If Del Bosque holds Ramos back it will stop Podolski and make Germany think of another way through the defence. On top of that Germany's midfield/attack have dominated all World Cup opponents, but they are coming up against a stronger defence and they have got by far the best central midfielders to get past too. Definately a game of Tactics but with Spains class through the side I think it will hold Germany up.
Posted 12:11 7th July 2010
Absolutely Spain will shine.They will find their rhythm today ,Xavi and Iniesta have the brain to outdo Seb and Khadira and of course the supply to Klose and Podoski will be cut out and for the second time will see drought of goals for Low's boys.Cecs will start today hance Villa will have a lot of balls and of course goals!!
Posted 11:16 7th July 2010
Spain, Spain, Spain, The world of football would be empty without Spain. The players in this national team are all masters of the game, they play in the biggest teams in the world, they won the Euro cup against Germany, they are the most expensive team in this world cup, and above all.....they are hungry!. They want it so hard that we will see a breathtaking match between these two superpowers. If Torres comes in, he will score, why? because he feels comfortable in these situations, he is a star, he is one of the best. Spain have played at 70% so far. Against Germany we will see a machine of making football playing at full power. Can you imagine Spain playing at 100%?, they will because this is the only chance they have got. Spain is not dead yet. They will fight they way they know, using first touch, moving the ball quick and with style! They are the European Champions no by chance, they deserved. Guys, I know you love Germany, but don't underestimate the best team in the world right now. How this sound to you? Barcelona, Real Madrid, Valencia, Arsenal, Liverpool...................exactly! Germany are playing against these teams all at once, look at it this way and all your questions will be answered. Will Spain win? Yes
Posted 10:29 7th July 2010
I really enjoyed reading this analysis(even though I hope Germany win) as it deals with all aspects of a match up worthy of being the final(in my home town!).Just one other thing Mueller,in addition to the 4 goals he scored made about half of Germany's others so that's a big pair of shoes to fill.The weather in Durban today is uncharacteristically grey, windy with rain possible - shouldn't bother these players though.Go Germany! - for a rerun of 1974!!
Posted 10:25 7th July 2010