Saturday 20 January 2018

Duncan White: How could Spain be boring? This is sport at its most sublime. Grow up!

Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta

IT was going to happen eventually. After four years of happily watching Spain pinball their way around hapless opposition, the rest of the world has finally turned on them.

Yes, they still pass the ball better than everybody else. Yes, they are on course to win a third straight major tournament. So, frustrated with an inability to find more substantial fault, the critics have been forced to adopt the complaint of all surly teenagers: they are just so boring.

Vicente del Bosque and Andres Iniesta have both been forced to defend the team’s approach this week. Where’s the action? Where are the goals? Why aren’t you even conceding goals? Where’s your Mario? Where’s your Zlatan? They need to buck up their ideas against Portugal today.

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