They say Revenge is a dish best serve cold but when the Dutch team got on victory march after the match, the word revenge seemed a distant memory as it was something more than that. When Andres Iniesta scored a goal in the final of world cup four years back, it was thought that the Dutch team had been inflicted to an un-surmountable task. 4 years to that defeat and facing the same team in their 1st match of the World Cup, they have shown the world how to bounce back from a defeat that has be little’d them for 4 years. For a Spanish coach who was emotionless in the last world cup, Vincent Del Bosque was seen soothing to his players with head bowed, shoulders slumped and eyes watered.
In addition to the defeat of the Spanish side, any football fan who has been seeing the game for some years could proclaim that this was coming. While the Spanish side was wounded with deep grudges inside, the Dutch team followed the same philosophy which the Spaniards followed against the Germans in this season’s Champions league semi-final. When Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 4-0 away from home, the Germans reiterated that they played into the hands of Carlo Ancelloti side. Arjen Robben who is a common factor in both sides experienced two different philosophies in the matter of 1 month. While he was literally broken by the Spaniards when he tried to play tiki taka football with Munich, he gave the Spanish the taste of their own medicine when both of these met again in the World Cup.
Running out of luck:
When the Spanish side won the World Cup in 2010, they were termed as un-playable by many. With Xavi up and running, Iniesta on his level best and a certain surge of pace from both sides in terms of Silva and Pedro, they ripped every team apart that come their way. In fact, it is the predictability the Spanish side has developed that cost them 5 goals in an otherwise tense finale. While Xavi was not on his best last whole season and Diego Costa playing for the first time in a Spanish shirt, it was Iniesta who had to be 3 in 1 at the same time.
For the first 45 minutes, the Dutch failed to comprehend the role of the Spanish maestro as the Spaniards run riot. Iniesta was on song in the 1st 45 minutes as the Spaniards looked a better side. The Dutch continued to temper but were not able to break the Spanish defense more than once. However as they say football is a game of two halves, the next Man United manager learned and replaced a slow performer in Nigel De Jong. The Dutch increased their bombardment of long balls against the high playing Spanish defense and with an out of-form Pique and new-born Azpilicueta in the defense, the Spaniards invited trouble against a young and energetic Dutch side.
Del Bosque is at fault:
When Negredo was replaced by Torres in the Spanish World Cup team, the whole Spanish press questioned this decision as Negredo was their top goal scorer in the Qualifying campaign. Del Bosque who was booming with confidence by then didn’t take this into consideration and following yesterday’s defeat to the last time finalists, a mere mention of word Negredo might have caused riots in the Spanish camp (just joking). While Torres hasn’t been on song the last season, it was his reputation that got him a world cup berth, Similar was the case with Xavi Hernandez who had a miserable season under Tata Martino. Having conceded just 3 goals in the whole 10 matches of the qualification term, anyone might have gained confidence however Del Bosque made some questionable decisions.
Casillas replacement should be found:
After leading for 15 years in a Spanish shirt and winning 1 World Cup and 2 European Cups in the meantime, time has come when the Spanish scouts should find the replacement of their Saint Iker. However, this decision was made easy as Carlo Ancelloti’s Real Madrid side put Diego Lopez ahead of Casillas and they bore fruits of it. Casillas just started 15 games for the Real Madrid side most of which came in their Pursuit of the La DECIMA. Although there should be no question that Casillas should be number one for Spain, the alternatives should be kept and used.
Plan B is needed:
When the Dutch ousted the Spaniards, a cry of the plan B could have been listened amongst the Spanish ranks. Like all the Spanish fans, Vincent Del Bosque might have felt at ease after 4 years of shear dominance despite a set-back in Brazil in the Confederations Cup. However when the Dutch gone with the long ball strategy, it seemed that the Spanish boss has run out of ideas as he kept on playing a high line amongst his defense. As a result, the outcome could have been worst before the last whistle for the Spaniards which couldn’t have come late for the Spanish.
Karma is a BITCH:
When Spain was leading the Italian side 3-0 in the UEFA European Championships, it was Iker Casillas who allegedly asked the ref to finish the game early in the injury time. With an action which was out of pure courtesy from the Real Madrid and Spanish legend, he was on the receiving end following yesterday’s defeat. While the world adored him for his sportsman-ship then, nobody was there to console Saint Iker yesterday. So one thing is for clear that world is round and everything that goes around comes around.
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