So tomorrow is the big final between Italy and Spain. Two sides known to be ‘tournament sides’ always start off somewhat shaky and finish strong. Spain won Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 while Italy won World Cup 2006. I guess both sides have a point to prove this time around. How do I see this game ending though? Well Del Bosque will pelt a water bottle at Pirlo who will in turn cross it and trip Xavi, this will greatly anger Pique and Iniesta causing a fist fight with De Rossi bringing great war on the football field causing the goal line referee to be killed, the lines men brutally hacked o tiny pieces and the other officials running for their lives and when bodies continue to drop the German side will run onto the pitch after seeing the commotion from the airport lobby end the violence and blood shed and lift the trophy for standing on high moral ground and being the only side with all team mates still breathing…ok maybe I am hoping for too much.
Seriously though, I can’t call who is going to win right now, I don’t even know who i want to win but I do know one thing will be the deciding factor in tomorrow’s match- composure. We all know Spain is arguably the best football side in the world with regards to holding the ball and we also know to score a goal you need the ball. At a first glance seems like Spain has a hand on the trophy doesn’t it? Then again to score you need to get it into the net and by saying that you will be referring to getting it past Mr. Buffon; by the way I hate calling him by that name because he is nowhere close to being a buffoon, that man is a vampire between the sticks! So with this in mind, how come Spain still have one hand on the trophy? That’s why I used the word “composure”. Mario Balotelli is one of the most unpredictable individuals to play this modern game at such a high level, you will never know what will happen with him but in the case of the final if Spain hold the ball as is their signature he will be extremely frustrated. If you are a viewer of the English Premier League you will know what I’m talking about; he needs servicing and while he will have the ever promiscuous ball passer in Pirlo if Spain manage to control the midfield as they are known to do supply to Super Mario will be effectively cut off. Without the ball Balotelli has nothing to play with and when he has nothing to play with he gets angry, and when he gets angry he starts to kick people and have a fit, and when this happens we all know what happens after that; somebody say booked? Don’t get Mario Balotelli angry give him the ball! *Cue cable commercial.* In essence we could see Italy being one man less according to which referee they use tomorrow, hopefully not one from the premier league who had the pleasure of seeing Mario’s behaviour up close and personal therefore causing the bias to set in.
I can’t see Pirlo being afforded as much space as he has in the last two games to be the backbone of Italy’s creativity, but I can see Cassano stepping up to trouble the Spaniards. Even if I am right and Mario consistently gets the ball, best believe getting it past Mr. Iker won’t be as easy as say all the other keepers they have faced! Hmm as a matter of fact dare I be so bold to say tomorrow will cement who is number 1 and number 2?
Spain for most of the games in this tournament played a 4-6 formation which of course meant they had no striker and if you know the fundamentals of football you must be saying by now “Ummm but doesn’t a striker normally score for his side?” My answer “OF COURSE HE DOES!!” Bu this is not just fundamental football this is the Barcelona National Team wow slip of my tongue my humblest apologies I really meant to say this is Spain and to be frank the only person who i do not view as a threat to score in the 90 – 120 minute version of the game is Iker Casillas. So Clogging up the midfield with effective ball hogs as well as scoring threats can give Pirlo and company alot of extra work to do. Italy do have a very impressive back line though so i honestly don’t believe the short pass will be very productive if that is part of the formula to score especially on the counterattack. I do see Italy with a lot of energy tomorrow getting through with a couple of deceptive passes that will be slicing through the Spain defense and if that doesn’t work working the long pass to just outside the box would be very possible especially if they get it to Balotelli.
So just to make a quick wrap up on my opinion of tomorrow on both sides: Spain can win, if Italy don’t maintain their composure, get Balo angry, force Italy to play on their terms, Buffon gets the cold or if they start of brave and decide on launching rockets from the outside and hope for it to get scrappy. Italy can win this game if Spain decides to hold the ball in their own half, if they dictate the speed of the game, are able to effective cut out the short passing and create quick counters and if Pirlo has another master class game.
It should be noted that apart from Spain’s first game which ended in a 1-1 draw all the others Spain was able to get clean sheets. This says a lot of their defense while on Italy’s side they only mustered 2 clean sheets while getting 1 goal in all other games. Oh i forgot to mention the in 1 all draw with Spain their opponents were Italy. I honestly can’t see tomorrow’s game going to penalties if both sides show up to play on the field and purely on paper I can’t give the win outright to Spain unless what I wrote earlier happens. The same men who hurt the Germans in the semifinals are the same men I expect to perform and cause them to lift the trophy. According to what happens in the first 15-30 mins of the game I can see a 2-1 or even 3-2 in favour of them. I could be wrong I admit, Spain can win this as well even though if that is the case it can be as much as 2-0 or a 1 goal margin. So good night to all I hope you enjoy the game tomorrow, I hope we are treated to an exciting game and not one similar to World Cup Final of 2010 and while my side is not in the final I do hope the best team wins and on that note I should also add that with all the tournaments I have mentioned, the team that beat Germany went on to lift the respective trophy, let’s see if this continues as for now it’s what I’m using to give the Azzuri the advantage over Spain. So before the game each team has a hand on it, they are on equal footing, it will come down to either Xavi Vs Prilo or Casillas Vs Buffon maybe even both but whatever is the case I just hope i really get to see some damn good football!