Wrecktheplacefantastic wrote:I'm tipping Germany to win, but I'm basing that on the individuals they have over how they play as a team, as I haven't really seen much of Germany since the World Cup, though I'm aware they smashed the hell out of their qualifying group. The options they have in midfield are ridiculous though. The young players really looked promising at the World Cup, and they've all come a long way for their clubs since then. They look incredibly strong and balanced all over the squad.
Spain are Spain though, and will have a good chance of picking apart just about anyone. No David Villa though which is huge. I really don't want Spain to win it, but I want to see all the best players available. He's an incredibly clinical finisher, and I don't think Spain currently have a player of his calibre, unless Torres decides to turn up. Hopefully Llorente will get plenty of game time. I hope he gets the nod over Torres.
Germany have got a great squad, Spain might well be fatigued and Villa and Puyol are big losses so I wouldn't be at all surprised if Germany win it but I still think Spain's squad, and specifically the midfield, is stronger on paper. I keep reading that Germany's looks the best but I'm struggling to think if there's ever been a better collection of midfielders in an international squad than Alonso, Silva, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets, Fabregas, Cazorla, Navas, Mata and Pedro (if you count him as a midfielder), it's definitely the best at this tournament as far as I'm concerned