Can't agree more. With 23 spots available Dunga picked only 3 players with creativity and technical skill, and then had no options when his team of clones needed a plan B that he had no material for.
It was such a deep insult to football that I couldn't be bothered to watch, Dunga made everything about him against the world, just repeating mantras about how it's important to win and not play beautiful. True, but that ignores that he was stubbornly wrong about how to win and that a little more creativity and technical skill were obviously missing and watching from home.
A tactical idiot of breathtaking proportions, what the hell are you doing with a bunch of defensive midfielders in the second half against North Korea when they are playing with everyone behind the ball and only two mediocre attacking players? What on earth is the point of locking up a defense against a team that is not attacking, in a round where goal difference matters?
And Maradona was even worse, at least Dunga looked like a coach that was stubborn and incompetent, Maradona never even looked like a coach. The one thing I do have to cede to the Europeans is that they usually don't produce tactical brainfarts like this where the coach thinks that coaching is about picking your favorite attackers, reveling in the media spotlight, and trying to make your players develop a man-crush on you.
It was a crying shame, I was rooting for them anyway because I think Messi is the most gifted player in the history of the game, and their skill is something I wanted to see shine. I just wish they had had a real coach, just look what the Dutch and Germans were able to do with tactics, imagine if Argentina and Brazil's talent actually had talented tacticians employing them!
But either way, Spain deserves it, they didn't play like it at all the whole cup but on paper this is one of the most talented squads in history. This is a golden generation that is actually underrated
. In almost every position they field someone who is clearly the world's best player at that position or someone who is arguable.
But I don't agree with the defensive schools (not a huge dribbling fan but I am a ball-on-the-ground, technical fan) I'm glad the defensive schools didn't win this cup, I hate the spirit of their game. It's the concrete blocks that they'd have the skilled wear.