(ESP-ENG) Los favoritos siguen siendo favoritos? // Favorites are still favorites?...
Hello friends, good vibes to all.
Another day in which we continue covering what is happening in Qatar and this time we go to what happened yesterday when three teams that many people consider as favorites to win the cup, Germany, Spain and Belgium debuted in the World Cup with more lights than shadows, it must be said. Of course, this does not apply to Spain, as they did what they wanted with the Central American team of Costa Rica, giving the biggest drubbing ever made by La Roja. But let's go in order and talk about another debacle seen in Arab lands and it is none other than that of the almighty Germany against a restless Japan.
Starting this way is not something new for the Teutons since in 2018 the exact same thing happened against Mexico and they ended up out of the World Cup in the first round, so those ghosts of the past are haunting again. The match started and seemed to be a bit balanced but little by little the balance was leaning towards the Germans to the point that the dominance was total in that first half and thanks to a penalty committed by the Japanese goalkeeper the Germans go up thanks to the boots of Gündoğan. The siege did not end and the Asians were just asking for the first half to end because the second goal was about to be scored. Germany's play was perfect, Musiala and Raum on the left flank made disasters and Gnabry on the other side did the same, destabilizing and assisting the strikers. Not to mention the defensive wall of Rudiger and Neuer.
But the second half came and Japan was a different team, despite Germany's insistence to extend the scoreboard, the issue was that the effectiveness was not on the European side. It was in the last twenty minutes when Japan put their foot on the accelerator and thanks to a good pressure in the midfield and good overflows on the sides, the goals came. The reality is that Germany fell asleep and little by little they went over them without thinking much and in less than 10 minutes they were losing the game. It must be said that the second Japanese goal was a work of art given the dominance and control of the ball to then leave the defender in the air and seal the match.
For me Germany is not a favorite but I understand that for many it is, and it is not because their recent performances have not been as solid as expected especially in the Nations League despite having a really good squad with high caliber players. Japan pulled off the second surprise upset of Qatar and it makes things a bit more complicated for the Germans because their next opponent will be Spain on Sunday and they don't have much margin for error. Japan has always been an uncomfortable and complicated team, not used to go far but almost always ends up being a headache, a stone in the shoe.
What can we say about Spain yesterday that we have not seen on the field? - I sincerely thought that the Ticos were going to offer a little more resistance and therefore the score would not be so high but it was not so, Costa Rica did not exist yesterday, it was a null team that did not defend or attack, they just watched the ball pass between the Spanish players and their ability to do something minimally was never activated. Now I ask, will we see that Spanish power we saw again? - I don't think so, although it is true that the playing ability of Luis Enrique's team is at its best, against Germany it will be a different story. Yesterday we saw an incredible Gavi, Pedri, a surprising Dani Olmo very engaged in the game and Jordi Alba who against all odds played a great game, all the pieces of the board worked correctly.
Spain, according to a study, is the third favorite to win the World Cup, below Argentina and Brazil and above Germany who is in fourth place. I see La Roja as favorites? - After yesterday's performance one would think so, but England also put on a great show and no one is talking about them, for example. As I said, I don't see them repeating this kind of a thrashing again to a struggling Germany and to a Japan that knows that by playing some good games they can qualify to the round of 16 without any problems. Another thing I noticed is that a commentator said that this team reminded him of the 2010 team that was champion. It is reckless to say that because the quality of that team was very top, I am not saying that this one is not but for me there are similarities, this is a young team, very young that is ready for great things but to say that it is the same as the South Africa team is a bit risky.
This 7-0 for me is an illusion because the opponent yesterday allowed it, from minute one the ball belonged entirely to the Spaniards and when you have an opponent of these characteristics on the field I think it is very difficult to measure well what your capabilities and true level are, yesterday was a training that yes, that helps morale and mood but should never be considered as the common denominator of what this World Cup is and more with the results and the games we are seeing. We will see what Spain is capable of doing against a Germany that will not go out to kill, it will go out to the next and that is where we will see what La Roja and all its young players are made of.
And to close we have the last match of the day, the one that pitted Belgium against Canada. Another truth that may hurt, Belgium stopped being favorites a long time ago, they are the eternal surprise of the World Cups and in the end they do not achieve anything despite the great number of stars they have in world soccer. It was surprising how Canada scandalously overcame them, the North Americans played better from start to finish and deserved much more but as we have already said that soccer is not a matter of deserving but of the one who scores the goals, the result is what ends up being what rules. A Belgium that was not on the field, a non-existent Hazard, a ghost, one who keeps saying that this will be his year and that we will see his best version but nothing further from reality, Eden is a sad memory of the player he became at Chelsea.
When the goalkeeper is the star of your team, you know that you did not have a good time and what Cuortois saved was unbelievable, he even had the luxury of stopping a penalty kick. Canada surprised me because of how organized they are, they always play as a block, a lot of sacrifice from their central saga and a lot of quality in the boots of some of their players, watching Buchanan and Alphonso Davies play is a pleasure, they are real machines and the ones in charge of moving defense and attack yesterday. I think Canada is for great things, if they can be more effective than they were yesterday, we may see them in the round of 16, because the Canadians reached the box more than twenty times but they were not able to score anything. On the other hand, Belgium arrived no more than five times and managed to score the winning goal.
Yesterday we saw three teams that are in the hearts of the fans because they are very favorite for some but believe it or not I still do not see them in that position of power to put the flag of the unquestionable favorite. I think we will have to wait at least until the second day to corroborate the sensations seen either for better or for worse, one match cannot be a thermometer, we will see for two...
¡Un abrazo a todos, nos leemos en la próxima!
Well my people that's all for today, I hope you liked it.
¡Hugs to all, see you next time!