So the European Championship 2012 is coming to its end. The final will see Spain take on Italy. Although Italy have been one of Europeans all time greatest sides, they are a surprise to be in the final this year, but year after year they seem to have scandal before the competition and then go on to get into the final or even win it. But I don't think they will be able to beat Spain this year.
Spain have started to be called 'boring' because of there tika taka style of play, as they are playing the beautiful game and have exquisite passing. The triangles they create on the pitch is brilliant but they look so effortlessly done with the players like Silva, Iniesta, Xavi and Fabregas. I don't agree with these pundits that are calling Spain's style of play boring as they are playing classy moves and have some of the best midfielders in the world right now which can play that style. Although I am surprised about how extremely defensive they have played as they've set up in most games with 3 defensive midfielders and 3 attacking, with no strikers. Sometimes the lack quality in the final third is shown when they aren't playing with a striker as most of them have that attacking instinct to get into the box and get on the end of the ball to go on to score. I think in the final they will need to set-up with a striker so they can get their goals. Finally I am surprised that Llorente hasn't played a single minute for the Spanish national side in the Euro's as I think he is the best striker they have taken to Poland-Ukraine this year.
Italy have surprised most people by getting into the final, as I thought the final would have been Germany vs Holland but Holland were poor this year and Mario Balotelli had the game of his life against the Germans and knocked them out to put his Italian side in the final. Italy are going to be very hard to beat this year as they have the mix of experience and quality youngsters. Montilivo has impressed me a lot in this championship, his movement in the oppositions half has been brilliant and he can pick out a pass anywhere in the pitch. Also Pirlo has had an amazing tournament like usual he is a very good player and has a brilliant passing range, also his calmness with the ball and his technique with the ball at his feet is brilliant, he makes playing football look easy and effortless. I would also like to say that Mancini needs to get some tips from Prandelli on how to keep Balotelli calm as this is the most mature and calm I have ever seen Balotelli which means he can concertrate on his brilliant ability to improve his style of play as he matures.
My final prediction is that I think Spain will win 2-1 with goals from Fabregas and Torres for Spain, and a goal from the outrageous Super Mario Balotelli. I think Spain's overall quality will help them beat Italy, and I think Alonso and Busquest have the talent to stop Pirlo bossing the game.
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