Last night Spain shoved all criticism of their ‘tiki-taka’ style back down each and every throat from whence it came.
Even Arsene Wenger had had a bit of a pop with fairly unfortunate timing leading up to the final:
They have betrayed their philosophy and turned it into something more negative.
Originally they wanted possession in order to attack and win the game; now it seems to be first and foremost a way not to lose.
Oops. Or maybe not oops. Maybe they were listening. Because last night there was nothing negative about the way they played. It was an absolutely astonishing demonstration of the penetrative power of possession football when executed in th...