Spain Clobbered Croatia And Should Be Mad As Hell About It
World Cup failures Spain took on World Cup runners-up Croatia yesterday in a match in the new and sort of confusing UEFA Nations League. You might not totally get what the Nations League is (hereâs a quick primer) but there are some things you should know about the Spain-Croatia match itself: 1) it was a legitimate competitive match, as opposed to a meaningless friendly 2) both teams played with very strong starting lineups 3) it resulted in a 6-0 landslide victory for Spain; and, most importantly, 4) the fact that Spain won by such a huge margin should inspire little more than unalloyed rage in anyone who cares about La Roja.
Normally, pummeling a really good team the way Spain did Croatia would be cause for celebration. And Spain and the Spaniards that comprise the national team do deserve praise for how compre hensively they crushed this great and proud Croatia squad. It was an absolute bloodbath:
Part of Spain really should feel good about how well their new managerâs slightly tweaked tactics have already paid dividends, and how their young, outrageously talented, preposterously deep player pool allows them to be so dominant in almost any and all conditions, and how the group seems to have shrugged off the abject failure that was their World Cup showing and are eager to prove their real worth. But mostly Spain should feel unending contempt for the morons in charge of the team who entered the past World Cup with arguably the tournamentâs single biggest swinging dick and just shot the thing off by firing manager Julen Lopetegui out of pettiness and pride.
Itâs hard to see Marco Asensioâs three assists, one goal, and one caused own goal and think anything other than, Man this Asensio kid is a star; too bad the superb national team coach who had done so well cultivati ng his talent was unceremoniously fired literally days before the biggest sporting event in world history just because the megalomaniacal soccer federation president is a haughty dipshit!
If you found yourself impressed with how effective new manager Luis Enriqueâs a-touch-more-direct playing style proved to be, you probably also found yourself thinking, You know, maybe Spain shouldâve adopted a more direct approach at some point during the actual World Cup when their slower Plan A wasnât working, and maybe if the powers that be hadnât shit-canned the teamâs really good manager for no goddamn reason at all and replaced him with a clueless empty suit, the team wouldâve had someone in the dugout capable of implementing that change!
Watching the effortless way Isco and Thiago and Asensio and SaÃºl combined with each other to knit together gorgeous, free-flowing attacks at will was a joy, and it was a shame how quickly that feeling of wonder was o verwhelmed by one of frustration as your brain shouted at you HOLY SHIT, SPAIN ARE REALLY OUT HERE RUNNING CIRCLES AROUND THE TEAM THAT JUST GOT TO THE FINAL OF A WIDE-OPEN WORLD CUP AND THE ONLY REASON THEY DIDNâT DO THIS SAME THING BACK WHEN IT MATTERED IS BECAUSE THE PUNCTILIOUS OAF IN CHARGE OF THE NATIONAL TEAM COULDNâT COUNTENANCE THE SLIGHTEST OF BRUSHES AGAINST HIS MASSIVE EGO AND WENT AHEAD AND RUINED THIS GLORIOUS TEAMâS CHANCE AT IMMORTALITY, WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING ON HERE!!!!
So yes, Spain looked great on Tuesday, and their immediate and long-term futures are both blindingly bright. And no, Croatia werenât quite at full strength yesterday, and thereâs no guarantee Spain wouldâve beaten them and everybody else at the World Cup even if they hadnât pointed a blunderbuss at their own dick and squeezed the trigger. (Also: yes, Lopetegui and Real Madrid handled the process of hiring Lope for the Madrid job pretty poorly.) But t he main reason Spainâs miserable recent-past didnât look more like their brilliant present is due to the lunkheaded decision-making of an impetuous bureaucrat, and itâs nearly impossible for any of the many positives of this new-look Spain to blot out the brain-melting thoughts of what couldâveâ"shouldâveâ"been.Source: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain