2010 World Cup Final: Why Spain Will Win
The world will be watching Sunday when the Netherlands face Spain.
Both squads are fighting to win the first World Cup for their countries.
The Netherlands has not lost a game in the Cup, but Spain has been the best team overall.
Unfortunately, one team has to lose and one team has to win.
The team that will raise the trophy is going to be Spain, and this slideshow explains why.
Here is a look at each team, two players who will make a difference in the Final, and a prediction of how Spain will beat the Netherlands.
No one on the globe is playing better soccer than Villa. He has provided a huge spark for Spain and he’ll continue to do so in the Final.
He can put the ball anywhere he chooses and his 16 shots on target are a tournament-high.
He places the ball in the smallest pockets and he will slip a couple in during the Final against the Netherlands.
Ramos is physical defender, and he’ll have to play that way in order for Spain to come out on top.
He’s going to have to stay in front of the Netherlands’ attack and make sure their forwards don’t get shots on goal.
He is not afraid to commit a foul, and he will have to play aggressively in the Final.
As long as he continues to play forcefully without getting any cards, Spain will be okay.
Someone on Spain’s backline will have to make stops and it’s going to be Ramos.
The Spanish Squad
Spain is not a team that will light up the scoreboard.
Although David Villa has provided plenty of goals, this team struggles to find the net collectively.
Spain has played more of a defensive-orientated style of ball, and they have only allowed two goals throughout the tournament.
Spain will apply the same tactics they have been using throughout the cup.
Spain will let the Netherlands run around and shoot; but once Spain counters the Netherlands' attack, they will capitalize.
The Dutch Squad
The Netherlands will fall to Spain because they haven’t established an identity.
They take a lot of shots and they can score, but every match they look completely different than the previous one.
The Dutch have not lost in the Cup yet, but they will be disappointed when they cannot alter their tactics to win.
The Netherlands may cause minor problems for Spain; but the Spanish team will stick to what it knows, play intelligently, and beat the Dutch.
David Villa will be the difference maker.
He will score twice in this game against a Dutch defense that will be rattled by his presence.
Spain has playmakers all over the field and they play far better than the Netherlands as a unit.
The Netherlands will put up a tough fight, but they will lose in the Final.
Final Score: 2-0 Spain