Some may compare to how France were on top of the world a few years back, winning both World Cup and Euro's in subsequent fashion. They had the cream of the crop - Makelele, Desailly, Anelka, Henry, Lizarazu and Zidane, who in my opinion, was the greatest footballer of our generation, better than Ronaldo and Messi, comparable to Maradona and Pele.
But Spain is not France. They will endure, and for the very simple reasons that i have listed down below. I have no doubt you will agree with me.
Why Spain will win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil:
- Brazil were clearly MORE 'up' for it in the Confed Cup final. They were clearly more motivated to win it, and you can understand why. Brazil needed to send a message out, not to everyone else, but to themselves, that they CAN beat the best teams. Will Brazil be as up for it next year? Yes, you can count on it. The question though, is will Spain be more motivated to win the World Cup 2014 as compared to the Confed Cup? Seems obvious. So motiviation wise, both teams will be equals.
- As clichéd as it sounds, the weather had a serious effect on the Spainards, and also the Italians. This is not an excuse, simply a fact. But Spain would have learnt from this. The experience of playing in this Confed Cup serves as a preperatory exercise not only for the Brazillians, but also for the Spanish. The Spanish team would now a better idea of what to expect, and be better prepared.
Some might say that the weather should not have an effect, these are professional players that should rise above petty excuses, and also point to the fact that Brazil have won plenty outside the South American heat. But that is to be expected, when you consider that at least 60%-70% of the Brazillian players over the years have played their club football in Europe and have adapted to the colder weather.
- Spain are still U-20 and U-21 champions. That itself is a scary thought for. The old guard of Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, Torres will be eventually phased out. 2 of the top European footballers of last season - Juan Mata and Javi Martinez - are bench warmers for Spain. Other wonderfully talented footballers like Santi Cazorla and Daniel Cavarjal have yet to be integrated into the team. The young guns who are making headlines like Isco and Thiago Alcantra will definitely be in the next World Cup squad. In short, the Spain production line is still rolling out world class footballers in every department.
- Tiki-Taka is not dead. Contrary to the recent evidence of this Confed Cup final, and also of Bayern outmusclining Barca in the Champions League final, let me say it again, Tiki-Taka football is not dead.
Teams all over the world are STILL trying to emulate the Tiki-Taka style. A full strength team playing Tiki-Taka will overwhelm a full strength team playing aggresive, counter-attacking football.
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