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Spain basking in new mental strength!

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BeitragVerfasst am: Sa Jun 28, 2008 7:43 am    Titel: Spain basking in new mental strength! Antworten mit Zitat

Spain basking in new mental strength!

Spain will head into tomorrow’s Euro 2008 final against Germany here confident that they have overcome the mental fragility that has so often dogged them in the past.

Footballing failures — following quickly on from the bounding hope that preceded them — had become so synonymous with the Spanish national team that the phrase “perrenial underachievers” became an almost permanent prefix to the word ‘Spain’.

Before this tournament it had been 24 years since Spain progressed beyond the quarter-finals of a competition and yet they banished that hoodoo with a nervy penalty shoot-out victory over world champions Italy in the last eight here in Vienna.

After a slightly cagey first half against Russia, Spain opened up after the break to let their football flow and they are finally looking like the team they have always threatened to be.

Now their footballing redemption would be complete if they can take that final step and beat a team that has always been the virtual antithesis of the Spaniards.

While Spain have oft flattered to deceive at big tournaments, Germany frequently scrap and bully their way further than they seem to merit, such as in 2002 when one of the worst German teams in living memory reached the World Cup final.

And although Spain may be shedding their unwanted tag, Germany show no signs of parting from their traditions.

While it is true to say they played well in their opening match against Poland, since then they have been clearly second best against both Croatia and Turkey, then outplayed Portugal thanks to a brilliant strategy devised by coach Joachim Loew which saw him outthink Luiz Felipe Scolari and were uninspiring against Austria.

And yet, as they often do, they will line up in the final with only a brave man betting against them.

But Spain coach Luis Aragones believes that his team have now developed the mental strength to make their superior ball skills tell against the Germans, insisting that they have learnt from their World Cup disappointment of two years ago when France beat them in the second round.

“This team has been strong mentally for a long time. We played in the World Cup and that’s where we learnt a lot about being strong,” said the 69-year-old.

“I’ve always told my team that to play good football they need to compete and they need to learn the hard way but they are learning all the time. “Players like Cesc (Fabregas) is 21 and we have other players aged 21, 22, 23 and yet they have the experience of 28-year-olds.” Aragones, however, is wary about the Germans, insisting that it won’t be easy repeating their performance against Russia.

“I don’t know whether they (Germany) will let us play that way. If they know where to put pressure on us and how to hurt us they may not allow us to play that way again.

“But it’s very hard for a team to stop us when we move the ball around quickly, they get tired.”

Loew is well aware of the strengths of this Spanish team but he claimed his side would simply try to do the simple things well in the final.

“We are overjoyed to have won the semi-final and as for the game plan for the final, we’ll just go back to basics,” said the 48-year-old.

“You have to move and pass the ball around. “Any coach’s task before the final is to reenergise his players and motivate them.”

“Spain showed once again they have a very good team and they have been playing at a consistently high level since the tournament began.

“The Spanish also showed eloquently they were the better team (against Russia). Once they took the lead they were very good at moving the ball around among themselves.

“They are a very well-organised team who play a very flexible game, making them very unpredictable.”

Spain are likely to switch from the 4-4-2 system they have used so effectively until now as striker David Villa is almost certain to miss the final. That means they may go for 5-man midfield that worked so well against Russia when Villa was replaced by Fabregas.
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BeitragVerfasst am: Sa Jun 28, 2008 8:33 am    Titel: Antworten mit Zitat

Man könnte das auch so verstehen: "Das müllen ist des Ottos Lust", wenn man sein hochgeistigen Kopien so alle mal der Reihe nach betrachtet.

Oder haben sie ihn schon in der näheren und weiteren Umgebung aus allen Foren hinausgeschmissen, weil alle Leute wegen seiner wissenschaftlichen und hochgeistigen Kopien Komplexe bekommen haben?

Also OOOtttooo<-, tu einmal was von dir selbst vorbringen, auch wennst dir bei der deutschen Sprache schwer tun solltest. Aber da kannst ja in deinem forlaufenden Lernprozeß schnell einmal einen Schnellsiederkurs einlegen, Türken machen das ja auch mit Erfolg, da brauchst dich nicht zu schämen, es ist kein Meister vom Himmel gefallen! O.K.?

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