Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has commented on the way Spain won the World Cup this summer in South Africa.
Chris Hughton – Newcastle manager
Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Nobody really played like Spain did in the tournament, apart from maybe Brazil.” “Spain’s passing game stood out, and they showed just how effective you can be playing free-flowing football.”“That’s not only from an attacking point of view, but their movement from a defensive point of view has to be a success as well – they won a lot of games 1-0.”
“They have been consistent, not only in this tournament but right the way through qualifying and further back.” “I think they’ve kept something like 20 clean sheets in 32 matches.” “For an offensive team that’s impressive, but it goes to show they’ve got it right at the back as well.”
“Tactically, this has been a very interesting World Cup, but I suppose if you’re comparing Spain domestically, you could only say Arsenal attempt to produce such a similar style.”
We would hope that Newcastle can start playing that way shortly, once we get the required players into the squad – it would be good seeing Newcastle play good attacking football again in the PL.
What was very noticeable was that Spain played very much like Barcelona do – but with 7 starters from the Spanish Champions, that’s hardly surprising.
And that’s why Fabregas never started one game, and probably why he wants to secure a move to Barcelona, but Cesc did his job for Spain with that beautiful through ball to Iniesta, which led to the vital goal, with just 4 minutes to go to the end of extra time.
And then the Dutch players acted like babies, especially Arjen Robben, who seems like a spoiled brat most of the time. Well he is top class footballer after all. 😀
Notice there’s no way England can really start 7 players from one club, since not too many English players play on any of the top Premier League sides these days- although that may be changing.
It probably also needs to change if England are ever going to get anywhere to winning the World Cup ever again – which seems rather unlikely.
Hughton was in Ireland’s squad for the 1990 World Cup and thinks the tournament was a success in South Africa:
“There have been some eye-catching performances and you have to be delighted with the way the tournament turned out.” “There were too many negatives before the tournament in South Africa about stadiums, transport and safety.”“But the tournament ran smoothly.”
“On the field, it was an interesting spectacle too. There were a lot of different systems used.” “Germany proved to be a team that played on the counter-attack and we saw the changing face of football.”
“You wouldn’t have thought that England, France and Italy would be out at the last 16 stage or before, but that’s what happened.” “And you saw the emergence of teams like Paraguay, Uruguay and Ghana making it to the latter stages.”
“Overall, it was impossible not to enjoy the tournament.”
Well we certainly enjoyed the tournament – all except the England games of course, which were a complete and utter disaster, but I think I’ve already mentioned that – too many times.