Euro 2012: Why Spanish Side Doesn't Have Enough Left in the Tank

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJune 14, 2012

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 10:  In this handout image provided by UEFA, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque talks to the media during a press conference on June 10, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.  (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)
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Spain, the defending Euro and World Cup champions, don't have enough left in the tank to take the Euro 2012 cup. 

Ranked No. 1 in the world, they were supposed to roll through group play at 3-0 and easily advance to the quarterfinals.  

After their underwhelming performance against Italy, a side who had to bring an extra cargo plane to Poland just to handle their off-field baggage, it's clear that this is not the same Spanish squad that won the two previous competitions.  

It is now extremely obvious that the loss of striker David Villa has the Spaniards reeling.

Fernando Torres was expected to fill in, regain his form and become the cold-blooded scoring threat he once was.  

However, it looks like that Torres is long gone, and Spain may suffer for it.

Aside from Torres, two other forwards, Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Negredo, were also expected to assist in the replacement of David Villa. Instead, all three were given a bib and relegated to the bench.

After a season in which the Spanish players claimed nearly every club medal there is to claim, they now look tired and downright banged up to the point where it seems like there isn't a single Spaniard in full form. 

The usually crisp Spanish passing lagged and failed to find open opportunities in the box against Italy.

The men running off the ball were never found, and the great offense of Spain instead sputtered to a 1-1 draw.

It is no mystery that Cesc Fabregas, one of Spain's youngest players, scored their only goal.  

Spain isn't getting any younger, and it's showing.

Meanwhile, the Italians were also without their top striker, Giuseppe Rossi, but seemed to be less impacted by it against what many thought was the most talented squad heading into the tournament.  

Despite dealing with an embarrassing and despicable match-fixing scandal, the Italian side played without pressure and earned a draw that will likely secure their place in the knockout rounds.

Of course, Italy played far from a perfect match, most notably low-lighted by the botched scoring opportunity by striker Mario Balotelli.

Italy looked beatable. The fact is, the Spaniards couldn't finish the job, and instead escaped with a 1-1 draw.

Heading forward, Spain will have a match in which they should be able to regain some offensive form against an Irish squad that allowed three goals against Croatia.  

The Spanish side needs to use their two remaining group matches to figure themselves out offensively.

There is little doubt they will make it out of the group, and they should have what it takes to win a game or two in the knockout stages.

In the end, Spain should have overcome Italy. The Spaniards we are used to seeing would have beaten this Italian team.  

If that Spanish side can return, they will have a chance.

However, as of right now, it looks like Spain will become just another victim of the German football machine.