From: Mehdi on
> Subject : Sneijder and Real Madrid
> From : wanyikuli(a)gmail.com

> I don't understand how Pirlo is great and Alonso is useless.

Pirlo was the best midfielder in a World Cup tournament and one of the
standout midfielders in the team that dominated the Champions League for
five years. Pirlo makes more great passes in one game than Xabi Alonso
in one season. His main problem is and always was a lack of consistency.
Xabi Alonso on the other hand isn't remotely close to being the standout
midfielder at this World Cup or in the Champions League. It's like
comparing Heskey to Pele or a Big Mac to a Whopper.

The question you should really be asking? Is Xabi Alonso the reason
Spain are now so utterly boring to watch?


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From: ken.overton on
On Jul 8, 4:46 pm, Mehdi <Be...(a)soccer-europe.com> wrote:
>
> The question you should really be asking? Is Xabi Alonso the reason
> Spain are now so utterly boring to watch?

This is actually really interesting to me; in spite of my high regard
for Barcelona, I have to admit I can see the boredom in watching
them.

I think the reason is because of their pressing: they tend to cluster
for ticca-tacca which works well upon giveaways because everybody's
right there ready to pounce like a pack of terriers. In practice, it
sort of becomes even more defensive than catenaccio because the
defensiveness gets extended over the entire damn pitch. They resist
any type of attack that gives the ball away so no crosses, long
passes, quick breaks.
From: Mehdi on
> Subject : Sneijder and Real Madrid
> From : ken.overton(a)gmail.com

> On Jul 8, 4:46 pm, Mehdi <Be...(a)soccer-europe.com> wrote:
>> The question you should really be asking? Is Xabi Alonso the reason
>> Spain are now so utterly boring to watch?
>
> This is actually really interesting to me; in spite of my high regard
> for Barcelona, I have to admit I can see the boredom in watching
> them.
>
> I think the reason is because of their pressing: they tend to cluster
> for ticca-tacca which works well upon giveaways because everybody's
> right there ready to pounce like a pack of terriers. In practice, it
> sort of becomes even more defensive than catenaccio because the
> defensiveness gets extended over the entire damn pitch. They resist
> any type of attack that gives the ball away so no crosses, long
> passes, quick breaks.

Barcelona aren't as boring as Spain but overall you make a good point.
I wonder if the reason Spain have been so effective is because they've
yet to face a team with a World Class DM? As someone mentioned in
another post Italy shut them down in 2008. For that reason I think
Brazil would have destroyed them but now we'll never see that match,
the next Brazil team will be very different.


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From: Mark V. on
On Jul 8, 3:30 pm, Mehdi <Be...(a)soccer-europe.com> wrote:
>  > Subject : Sneijder and Real Madrid
>  > From : ken.over...(a)gmail.com
>
> > On Jul 8, 4:46 pm, Mehdi <Be...(a)soccer-europe.com> wrote:
> >> The question you should really be asking? Is Xabi Alonso the reason
> >> Spain are now so utterly boring to watch?
>
> > This is actually really interesting to me; in spite of my high regard
> > for Barcelona, I have to admit I can see the boredom in watching
> > them.
>
> > I think the reason is because of their pressing: they tend to cluster
> > for ticca-tacca which works well upon giveaways because everybody's
> > right there ready to pounce like a pack of terriers.  In practice, it
> > sort of becomes even more defensive than catenaccio because the
> > defensiveness gets extended over the entire damn pitch.  They resist
> > any type of attack that gives the ball away so no crosses, long
> > passes, quick breaks.
>
> Barcelona aren't as boring as Spain but overall you make a good point.
> I wonder if the reason Spain have been so effective is because  they've
> yet to face a team with a World Class DM?

Sunday's result may come down to whether or not Lyle Lovett look-alike
Van Bommel or de Jong can stay on the pitch, then.


From: Jellore on
On Jul 9, 6:46 am, Mehdi <Be...(a)soccer-europe.com> wrote:
>  > Subject : Sneijder and Real Madrid
>  > From : wanyik...(a)gmail.com
>
> > I don't understand how Pirlo is great and Alonso is useless.
>
> Pirlo was the best midfielder in a World Cup tournament and one of the
> standout midfielders in the team that dominated the Champions League for
> five years. Pirlo makes more great passes in one game than Xabi Alonso
> in one season. His main problem is and always was a lack of consistency.
> Xabi Alonso on the other hand isn't remotely close to being the standout
> midfielder at this World Cup or in the Champions League. It's like
> comparing Heskey to Pele or a Big Mac to a Whopper.
>
> The question you should really be asking? Is Xabi Alonso the reason
> Spain are now so utterly boring to watch?
>
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Lol ! You must be one of the few who find Spain "so utterly boring to
watch".
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