Wednesday, 16 June 2010
The Spain-Switzerland result today underlined a number of the things I've been trying to say: the 'best' teams don't always win; keeping possession of the ball isn't necessary to succeed . As Mick McCarthy grudgingly conceded in the BBC commentary, "there's more than one way to win." Possession: Spain 63%, Switzerland 37%. This wasn't a matter of blind chance or good luck. The truth is, Switzerland had a game plan to snuff out Spain's strengths, which they executed flawlessly. Spain had no answer to the superbly organised display that the Swiss defence put on today, reminiscent of Italy at their miserly best. Villa looked ineffective; only when Torres came on did the Spanish team briefly muster a sustained threat. But as the game wore on, it looked unlikely that Spain would find the key - indeed, by the final minutes, it almost seemed that Switzerland had an extra player, so successfully were they intercepting and blocking Spain's attacks.
Posted by Mark at 18:51