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Thread: R16-Italy v Spain-27th June-Kick Off-5pm

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    Re: R16-Italy v Spain-27th June-Kick Off-5pm

    A real classic Italian display, totally outclassed Spain tactically. As usual they were rock solid at the back and countered excellently. Delighted for Buffon as well, another great display from a real winner

    As you said Steely a shame they're playing Germany next as they've probably been the two best teams in the tournament so far

    Spain were poor and uninspired again, they clearly need a big overhaul of the squad and management going forward. No surprise that some of the more senior players will have lost motivation having already won everything but the young players coming through look to be a level below what they've had for the past 10 years

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    Re: R16-Italy v Spain-27th June-Kick Off-5pm

    Quote Originally Posted by Conaldinho
    the young players coming through look to be a level below what they've had for the past 10 years
    yep. to be fair they're being expected to compensate for some top class players but the entire forward line don't exactly strike fear into anyone's heart. Morata got a couple of goals but he didn't impose himself at all, certainly not in the way that Villa and even Torres have done in past tournaments.

    they'll go into the world cup with a 34 year old Iniesta, 32 year old Silva, 31 year old Fabregas, 32 year old Ramos, 31 year old Pique.

    as you point out, the next generation need to step up but the signs are not good.

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