Friday, 22 June 2012
The Battle of the Pyrenees
One down, three to go, Portugal duly proved they had too much for the Czech Republic, in a game which if it had not have been for the flashes of brilliance from Ronaldo, would definitely ranked as the worst game so far. Tonight we have the
Shermans against Greece, which we already previewed and on
Saturday night we have the battle of the Pyrenees (the mountain range which
straddles France and Spain).
This is a very hard game to predict, both these teams are former European and World champions, but there is a long held belief that both these nations should have achieved more with the pool of talent available to them.
I think the problem lies with the mentality of the two nations, both Mediterranean in nature, both teams quite sometimes play with a laissez-faire attitude, it is almost if they don’t care, that classic shrug of the French shoulders, the Spanish, it is time for Siesta.
Yet on there day, they are both capable of breath taking football.
Amongst my contemporaries, there is a general consensus of opinion that
is over- rated. Yes we know they are reigning European and World Champions, but
it is not fun to watch. The fact that Xavi or Iniesta make three million one
yard passes in a game as Spain
enjoy total domination of possession does not make for the type of end to end
football that the punter wants to see.
As for France, who knows, they have not been very good so far, but the knockout stages are where the men are separated from the boys. I suppose on form, we have to go with
Spain, Let us hope it is a good
On Sunday we shall preview the last Quarter-Final Italy against