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XaviCringing

...not just during Ramos' well-intentioned penalty kick, but during pretty much all of yesterday's match. They took us through the torture of the semifinal against Italy, and then between little rest for aging legs, Brazilian brutality conveniently overlooked by the ref, a superb save by David Luiz, and more than their share of bad luck, they lost the final 3-0. And Xavi, being a bigger man than I am, simply stated that while Spain had really wanted to play a good game, they failed to show up.

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sageharper
Jul. 2nd, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, I totally thought that too. Xavi is my spirit animal.

Even in the Italy game they seemed completely knackered (let's face it, if Sese had really tried that ball would on the moon right now), and then to play the hosts at home. I'm not panicking that it's end of an era or anything. Just can see that clearly they need to rest and regroup and rotate (at a club level as much as internationals).

Oh well, at least we know what Neymar can do to Madridistas; that's reassuring for next season.
flywoman
Jul. 2nd, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
Yes, well, playing 120 minutes and penalties, and then not getting as many days to rest, and then playing the hosts at home, plus having a ref who obviously planned not to give the home team any cards... it was doomed from the start.

But I also agree with you that there should have been more rotation. If we're going to keep our veterans playing tournament after tournament, we need to handle them with care during the matches.

But YES, I have to say that I am much more excited now about Neymar coming than I was before - he will eat Arbeloa for lunch. (As long as Leo is willing to share the spotlight with him.)
sageharper
Jul. 3rd, 2013 09:16 am (UTC)
Exactly.

So true, especially given how much they play with the club and then straight into another tournament. They rotated the goal keepers, but not so much with the rest.

lol me too. I've taken against Arbeloa anyway so that's gratifying.

I think Leo sharing the spotlight is going to be the real challenge. They've gone through so many combinations up front. It's like he's their precious baby so everything has to accommodate him; he is insanely talented but you can't build a whole team around one person.
elizaberglund
Jul. 2nd, 2013 06:58 pm (UTC)
Well, it was sad more because Uruguay lost earlier and I really wnated them to win ... ehhhhh

Sad to say but Brazil was better. Much much better. But I still hate Neymar. I don't know how I will feel next season but it will take a lot for him to make me like him. Ehhhhhhh :(
flywoman
Jul. 2nd, 2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
I would have felt terrible for Italy if they had lost twice in a row at the PK stage, even though on the whole I kind of prefer Uruguay.

Brazil played better on that particular day on that particular stadium, it's true. I think that a rested Spain would have been able to beat them.

If he helps us score a manita against Madrid I will like him ;).
elizaberglund
Jul. 2nd, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
Well, I don't know ... I never cared much for Italian NT

I don't know. He seems like a diving whinny count to me ... like I said, it will take A LOT! He'd have to prove me wrong.
flywoman
Jul. 2nd, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
I have a soft spot for old Gigi, and I like Pirlo.

I didn't get to watch all of the Brazil matches, but I did hear that he dove a lot. Although he's so small and slight that it's also probably pretty easy to push him over...

elizaberglund
Jul. 2nd, 2013 07:21 pm (UTC)
I do like Gigi. I think everyone does but generally italian NT does nothing for me ... I am getting more and more fond of Juve but that's it.


I did not watch all but from those I saw and what my SA twitter friends claim he is simply a master diver. Sometimes the opponent did not even touch him. And about small guys ... try to stop Messi. He is small and does get fauled a lot but he is not rolling on the grass like a mixture of CRon DiveMaria and our beloved Dani.
flywoman
Jul. 2nd, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
Haha, no, it's true, Messi is difficult to take down. He would rather keep going towards the goal than claim a foul. Still, he has a lower center of gravity than Neymar.
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