It was a good Euro 2012 final last night, when Spain beat Italy 4-0, and to their credit Spain played some of their best football of the tournament, when it really mattered.
Andrés Iniesta kisses the Cup
I was one of those who were starting to criticize Spain for their rather boring play, in some of their games in the tournament, but they showed last night they are a great side.
And they could even be one of the best National sides ever, although I still think the Brazil side of 1970, with the incomparable Pele in their ranks, are the tops.
Italy did very well last night too, and they can take credit for their performances during the tournament, and the score of 4-0 did not do them any justice, and it was those two late goals after they had been reduced to 10 men, that was the reason for the final lop-sided score-line.
And it was good to see Fernando Torres come on and score a good opportunist goal late in the game, and then set one up for his Chelsea team mate – Juan Mata – two rather good substitutes to be able to play late in the game ……
And it was surprising that Fernando won the Golden Boot award, after scoring three goals in the tournament, along with five other players, and he won because he had an assist and was on the field for less time than the other players who got three goals.
And with new Chelsea manager, Roberto Di Matteo seemingly a big fans of Torres, Fernando may be able to come back to his best form next season, and we hope that’s the case, because it’s now around 30 months that he’s been down in the dumps with his play, and it must have been a nightmare for him.
There’s no doubt that Spain proved they are the best side in the world last night, and they are the only team to have won three major Championships in a row, the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, and the 2010 World Cup in between those two.
And we wonder if Brazil or Germany can give them a game in the 2014 World Cup?
Or maybe even England?