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I was reading your comments regarding Spain and I agree with you that playing both Alonso and Busquets limits Spain's attacking options. However, I disagree with you about Busquets: I think he's always vital, no matter what lineup del Bosque chooses. To me, it's either an Alonso-Busquets double pivot, or Busquets by himself. I wouldn't play Alonso as the only holding midfielder against strong opponents. Xabi is very used to playing with another partner while Busquets is used to holding the midfield by himself. Xabi is a better overall midfielder because of his passing range, but Busquets is better defensively because of his superior positioning and tackling technique (Alonso is too aggressive and often clumsy, as his yellow card record would indicate). Busquets suits Spain's game better because he's also one of the world's best first-touch passers. Now, I don't see a problem with playing both of them, except when Xavi also starts. With both Busquets and Xabi preferring to stay in deeper positions, Xavi is forced into a more advanced role than he plays for Barcelona, where he has less time and to dictate the game. As a matter of fact, Xavi with Spain has more direct attacking responsibilities. As great as Xavi is, he has his physical limitations. Therefore, these are the two best options for me:
1) Xavi-----Busquets------Iniesta (As in, why change one of the best midfielder combinations in history? The problem is that del Bosque would receive some heavy criticism for this. I think that you as a Spaniard would realize that.)
2) Busquets----Xabi Alonso
----------Iniesta/Silva-------------- (The 4-2-3-1 del Bosque prefers requires a more attacking player than Xavi.)
I would like to hear your opinion on this. I think we can have some good conversations. Either English or Spanish is good for me, so I await your response.
How are you? I hope everything is going well. I am actually no longer writing for B/R (or anyone, for that matter). I left writing about a month ago and will not be back for at least a short while. I love what La Real are doing this season, though. I really hope they can keep it up since it would make their financial situation even better.
I thought you'd be interested in my two latest articles. The first one lists Spain's keys to victory against Portugal: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1235187-portugal-vs-spain-5-keys-to-a-spanish-victory-in-euro-2012-semifinal-match
The second lists Portugal's keys to winning: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1235451-portugal-vs-spain-5-keys-to-a-portuguese-victory-in-euro-2012-semifinal-match
I hope you enjoy. I'd love to hear your thoughts.