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theestwald

Spain averaging a goal every 10 min in a WC Pretty decent I would say


CoolJoshido

they literally do it on the dot too


SteinerElMagnifico42

The perks of having the best manager at the World Cup. Great squad but Enrique is an advantage. Arguably the best team at the euros too


RafiakaMacakaDirk

the best twitch streamer/manager*


Barthez_Battalion

https://i.imgflip.com/71bl1p.jpg


selgath

Lmao that’s from when he ended the first stream by messing up the raid right?


Barthez_Battalion

yeah LOL


netherite_pickaxe

https://www.instagram.com/p/ClSuTsmSaCX/


Barthez_Battalion

I understand why the chat keeps calling him papa and padrique


CoolJoshido

😮


SteinerElMagnifico42

Forgot about that, is he posting today ? Or the next day ?


Barthez_Battalion

Probably tomorrow.


netherite_pickaxe

he said he wouldn't stream on game days, but he's been streaming every day the past week or so


[deleted]

TBF at one point they had Lopetegui and so many felt HE would be the one to restore the glory. lol Im so happy it’s Lucho getting the credit he deserves especially with his own personal struggles. after years of being targeted by the media he’s shutting their mouths for the 3rd time in a row.


UnitedStatesofSoccer

Weren't they actually playing well under lopetegui before the rfef/Madrid fiasco? Maybe not as well as now but certainly there was some anticipation before it all went up in flames


[deleted]

Lopetegui had the better squad in all honesty. He had 6 Real Madrid spaniards who had come off winning a UCL. They were playing decent football and could try to hold their own against harder nations but it could have been better with the squad they had at that time


CoolJoshido

based Lucho


theestwald

IMO France is still the best team, even with the injuries But yeah, Spain is definitely top 5, and a good manager makes a huge difference. Squad consistency as well, this is a very similar team to the one who made semi finals in the last euro and the finals in the nations cup.


Indydegrees2

the disrespect to Saudi Arabia


SteinerElMagnifico42

Yeah France defintelt can’t be uncounted for. Will be interesting to see how Rodri and Laporte are tested by stronger teams


Re1Ko

All the goals saved for this


Zloggt

It was…pretty rough from Navas. Big shame…age comes for us all eventually…


Snuffvieh

Germany is going home lol


CoolJoshido

i wanted Japan to finish 2nd but i didn’t think it’d happen


tr_24

I mean Spain was always going to win this game. Germany competition is with Japan for second spot.


Snuffvieh

I’m not comparing Germany to Costa Rica, but our defense sucks and we can’t score a goal to save our lifes. I don’t see us winning Sunday. EDIT: I think our best shot is to let Mouki start, it’s helped us in the league immensely.


kalamari__

i think füllkrug is better, because he is completely different and opens up more options for us. mouki is "just" a better havertz, but you cant really feed him with crosses.


never-a-good-sign

I would say with a proper lineup, good tactics and good teamspirit/leadership we'd have a chance. But we have none of those sooo....


Bette_Diddler

Yeah, I have a feeling the team will have difficulty containing Spain. Granted Spain is playing Costa Rica currently, but Spain may be able to pick apart the gaps allowed by horrendous defensive positioning with relative ease if those aren’t addressed.


CowboyF1

Japan is more then likely going to be at Cost Rica in their next match. Germany is going to have a must win against Spain. A tie and it's all over.


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sounders1974

That's not how sports work though. Spain can play great against Costa Rica and then poorly against Germany. This sub is addicted to absurd over reactions


sonofaBilic

Especially when you consider that Japan set up to punish Germany on the counter today - something Germany have proven to be vulnerable at before and something Spain won't do. Germany vs Spain will have both sides trying to control possession and dictate play so there will be completely different dynamics at play that Germany may well deal with more effectively.


m4nu

[Might be two years ago, but Germany haven't improved and Spain has](https://www.espn.com/soccer/report/_/gameId/570646)


NovacElement

Welcome to World Cup season


Jamarcus316

Exactly. Germany can still finish first, like Argentina.


thehibachi

No, not the sub that has concluded the Premier League season after 14 games?


FFredde

Spain's playing a pretty bad Costa Rica with only one player from a top league(Navas). Don't underestimate the germans


OkNothing3

We still have to win vs. Spain to have a realistic chance


AmazedCoder

They need to either beat this Spain, or for Japan to lose to Costa Rica. Both are long shots at this point.


thotminer

i mean victories are far from granted in the world cup


CarlSK777

Yeah but Costa Rica are really bad and one of the worst teams in the tournament. Even Germany will cruise against them.


CheeseAndCam

Exactly. If Japan also beats them it’s almost definitely over for Germany


CarlSK777

Unless they somehow upset Spain and win big against Costa Rica but yeah, Germany are done. I don't know how they beat Spsin if they struggle defensively and can't finish to save their lives.


Snuffvieh

Doesn’t help us if Spain beats us though.


CowboyF1

But so will Japan. Germany has Spain next, it's going to be a must win for them.


EmptyReply5

Spreading the goals between all the forwards.


LosTerminators

That used to happen a lot back when Lucho used to manage prime MSN


[deleted]

TBF he did unlock the best attacking trio in history


Hopeful-Professor-40

First half penalty = lose second half, 3-4 Costa Rica confirmed


GoatButton

Alba in Euro 2012 form


TheBrownMamba8

Alba been amazing this calendar year. Maybe not showed up to full potential in big games but all the stats say he’s been vital for Spain and Barca in terms of creating chances.


sevaiper

International football also really suits both him and Busquets, obviously we'll see against better teams but the general lower pace of the world cup is great for smart technical players.


EAXposed

He actually did show up in the big games this calendar year.


m-etoo

Same as Euro2020


GoatButton

Fair


Himshy

r/ferrantorresballondor


dragon8811

Lmaooo there is an actual sub Reddit for?


Jazano107

City fans made it


Good_Kev_M-A-N_City

Back when we believed


Jazano107

We have Julian now so no problem haha


Fern-ando

Prepare for r/Lucasvazquez.


CoolJoshido

best sub


Ranjith_Unchained

Lmao I'd want to know if ppl are still shitting on Lucho for his selection


Dantallian11

Spain Ferran > Barcelona Ferran


Dumbass1171

Ferran's been playing well recently for us. His biggest problem is injuries. He also needed continuity after his summer long injury


rcgarcia

i think his biggest problem is he feels more comfortable in the right wing, LE >>> Xavi


Dumbass1171

Yea I agree. He’s better as a false 9 or RW than LW.


Pek-Man

He just needs to play on the right. He's always very, very good when playing on the right side and mostly disappointing when playing on the left.


GoatButton

Yes but he's overhated for Barça


siriBackInWakanda

He has been good for us but his finishing is like Vini few years back.


Fern-ando

Also works for Morata and Asensio.


lefix

Today i feel spanish


CheeseAndCam

I’ve seen this joke a hundred times since the World Cup started but it still makes me laugh


Fern-ando

Ironically most spanish today felt japanese.


MrEzquerro

That's not going to save you come a Spain v. Germany


DirtyVerdy

Spain have a real chance of winning this match


MrEzquerro

3-0 is the most dangerous lead


Dumbass1171

Tears in my eyes, Barca players contributing to every goal


perhapsasinner

Barça's best penalty taker so far


Fern-ando

Asensio, Ferran and Morata are so much betterplaying for Spain than their own teams that it's stupid.


DemPele-

i wanna say the barca chemistry and play style is the reasoning for spains quality rn


dragon8811

Ice Cold


thalne

yeah they're going medieval on their asses


yp16_BIG

Spain have played the best football of the tournament so far


DirtyVerdy

They haven't beaten powerhouse Saudi Arabia yet though


yp16_BIG

Yes, unless they beat the best they will still be doubted.


DirtyVerdy

Which is why Arsenal will always have doubters


inspired_corn

For my money they were the all round best team at the Euros too, just lacked that finishing touch


moon_the_dog

I would argue France


MVD1600

France looked insane


yp16_BIG

They are a good shout too


anonymousloverboy

Best Barça penalty taker


Cules2003

Best team in the tournament so far


schorschico

France was very, very good


antimon44

Alongside England


Wurzelrenner

but also playing against the worst team i think


el_rompe_toyotas-19

Muy bien


zooalbert

Costa Rica: y’all got anymore of those second half come backs?


[deleted]

Lucho’s Spain > Lopetegui’s Spain


WokeGoebbels

We're winning the WC, VAMOS


Fern-ando

Campeones de Basket, Baloncesto y furbo.


LA4lyf

Germany can start packing at half time


TheJobinslegend

All they have to do is win against Spain. If the coach keep Busquets in the mid, it's the Barca midfield. They already know the recipe to beat that.


Confident-Wheel8721

Germany is a million times worse than Bayern. Spain might send them to the shadow realm.


xc2215x

Spain is dominating so much. I expected them to win but this is more than I thought.


Loose_Revolution_205

Soft.


Poglosaurus

That's what I though first but on the last camera angle its very clear that it is a deliberate kick behind the ankle... Its not a hard kick but that's a foul. The costa rican player is just taking the gamble that the ref will not dare give a soft pen. Such a stupid way to give a pen...


Loose_Revolution_205

Oh for sure. Didn't say it wasn't a pen, was just incredibly soft.


neverfinishedanythi

Extremely.


CoolJoshido

50/50


Barthez_Battalion

BRO how does the Costa Rican FA give a new contract to Suarez right before a WC after BARELY getting to the WC (being bailed out by Navas) and alienating your best young player (Ugalde) because you set him up to fail and then railroaded him in the media. At least he's getting found out now at the WC. Everyone saw this coming a mile away. What a joke.


Schwiliinker

Not even close to being a pen


rivaldobox

The defender misses the ball and hits the attacker's foot on the second attempt. Still a pen, even if it's a soft one


CoolJoshido

50/50


boringboi_

Not a pen


biggoof

Seems pretty soft


Witty_Lengthiness293

Jordi alba is a such a pussy.


DoseofDhillon

Concacaf proving to be the twilight zone play pen of the world


MrFabianS

Today I feel sad


bananabread_173

Yay Ferran :)


MuchSalt

still waiting for the double ole clip


JamieTaylor_Pulseway

Spain are playing amazing football, but its easy to break spain. Apply pressure and they will loose posesssion, Spain is weak off the ball and not great in defending. If you give ball to Spain and wait for them to do a mistake it won't happen. Apply the pressure and see how their Pivot Busquets stumble. Being a Barca fan, I know how to break their game. Busquets and Alba are their weakness. Not to mention, Spain doesn't have good number 9 on them.