Discussion in 'Soccer' started by Live in the Now, Jun 22, 2016.
I thought Italy would bomb out without the mighty Giovinco?
If we had Super Mario, we would have won by 6!
Is this the end for Del Bosque? Kind of unfair from my uneducated casual fan POV, but soccer isn't a very forgiving sport
Looked fully-deserved as far as I could see, but that's just my opinion (and you know what they say about opinions ).
Pretty sure, I heard he was done win or lose after the tournament.
Italy v Germany
France vs England pretty classic stuff
And no I'm not writing Iceland if just postulating
Expected Spain to bounce back after the World Cup. I was wrong. Time for a new head coach.
Not only he deserves to be fired but he shall never coach again.
His attacking selections were awful. Also was never able to motivate his players. There is no reason for a talented squad like this to have such a poor showing.
Physically his players were not ready. They were outrun and outmuscled by Italy. Granted, most of his players come from the 2 Madrid teams + Barcelona. Most have played a big amount of games throughout the season.
It would be kind of amusing if they beat Spain, Germany then France but lost to someone like Wales in the final.
Italy/Germany winner should win this tournament as well. I have France dead to rights to either of these two.
Y'know I was thinking that as I wrote it, but didn't want to tempt fate.
These brackets are so lopsided.
If Germany doesn't beat this Italian side they will never beat them...
you better not be
Its hard enough to even score against Italy when they are playing their game. While I'm a German fan this is of course the worst possible matchup for Germany.
Damn bracket. So unbalanced.
Erh, there's quite a big chance France isn't there in the semis.
They've looked better than both England and Iceland so far, I'd say. Not a stretch to suggest they'd come out on top against either side, later this week.
But I'm sure stranger things have happened. Can't say I'd be upset if Italy manages to take out the Germans, and are met by....Iceland in the semifinals.
... Right for a Wales/Iceland final.
THAT would be glorious.
France has a ****** defense right now. Evra and Sagna will start next game and until we're out.
At least no Rami (Umiti should take his spot), but still... DD still doesn't know which system to play and we're in the quarters !
This match is probably more about del Bosque never learning from his mistakes than Conte bringing out an original strategy. Spain have come up against a 3-5-2 several times in the past (vs. Netherlands and vs. Italy) and still have no idea how to overcome it.
IMO Carvajal in Real's first CL-winning year was clearly better than anything I've seen from Aurier.
There have been a few shockers over the years.....Greece winning in '04, and I don't remember this one but Denmark winning in 1992?
How'd that happen?
This one was a shocker, Spain looked so lethargic from the get-go, picked up some momentum but ultimately couldn't convert on any of their chances. Pique's coverage today was brutal, he couldn't handle the Italian forwards.
What a brilliant defensive performance by Italy. I fancy the summers I spent at an Italian soccer academy...we were always taught that "offensive can win games, but defense wins championships." It's the mantra there and written in many community stadiums.
Aurier from mid last season to this season's incident was the most impressive I've seen in a RB since... well I can't tell...
Well deserved win for Italy, but Spain had to be thrown out of this tournament for these ugly jerseys anyway. The referee was not good at all, but at least he eventually booked Busquets, who argued with him in each and every situation.
ANDIAMO A BERLINO, ANDIAMO A BERLINO, ANDIAMO A PRENDERCI LA COPPA!
Bring it on!!
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