Monday 18 December 2017

Do England stand a chance against Scotland’s tiki-taka geniuses at the Star Sixes tournament?

It’s like watching Spain.

(Alan Walter/PA)
(Alan Walter/PA)

By Max McLean

Star Sixes is the sort of tournament football fans dream of, as famous names from years past line up in a six-a-side tournament to see if they’ve still got it.

And gracing this particular tournament are some pretty big names, such as Michael Owen, Roberto Carlos, Carles Puyol and Jay-Jay Okocha.

All great stuff – even better though is that the groups look phenomenal – Group C in particular should prove intriguing, including four teams to have won major tournaments in the past 25 years: Denmark, France, Germany and Portugal.

And in Group A England face Scotland in their second group fixture – on paper it should be an easier encounter for the Three Lions than their 4-1 defeat against Spain.

However, not many people counted on Scotland showing up with tiki-taka, the famous passing tactic, in their locker.

Eight passes, 12 touches, three players – what a goal from Mark Burchill.

Scotland’s 3-1 win against Mexico put them second in the group, ahead of England and a single goal behind Spain. And there were other neat goals involved in their group opener too.

A lovely scooped effort from Barry Ferguson.

So do England stand a chance? Well it’s not all doom and gloom – here’s Michael Owen taking us all back to France 98 with this finish against Spain.

Scottish tiki-taka takes on English counter-attacking – who will win?

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