Teams: Real Madrid C. de F.
Look, I'd prefer Spain to play with a striker - Llorente, because of the high opinion I hold of him - but after having a few days to digest things, a lot of the criticism of Spain playing without a striker is quite off the mark in my opinion.
If I go out and play a 4-3-3 with Iniesta, Silva, and Cesc up front (all 3 eminently offensive players) how is that any less offensive than the same formation with, say, Negredo, Torres, and Llorente up front? My point is it's not about the players, it's about what you do with them. Maybe we're too boxed in with our thinking.
Italy played with 2 strikers for 60 minutes, and at least 1 striker all match, and they scored 1 goal. Spain played with 0 strikers for 70 minutes and 1 striker for 20 minutes and scored 1 goal (when they had no strikers on).
Also, complaining about Xabi Alonso and Busquets in the team, because you see it as playing with 2 DM...not quite sure I agree with that either. Busquets is clearly a defensive midfielder but Alonso? Not at all. He never plays this role, either for club or country. He is a deep lying playmaker, whose speciality lies in long passes and switching fields with the ball, which when you think about it is quite a complement to Xavi's game of short, combination passing and through-balls/one-twos in the center.
In reality Spain plays a 4-1-2-3, which when the fullbacks push up (such as in the 2nd half against Italy) becomes a 3-4-3. The most offensive team in the tournament by a distance.
Signature in 2007: Raúl, por el bien del Madrid, y por no tener a todo el Madridismo odiandote, por favor, vete ya
Signature in 2012: Torres, por el bien de España, y por no tener a todo el país odiandote, por favor, vete ya