There is little doubt that Spain has dominated the soccer world in recent years. Both at a club level and in the national team, it has deservedly won everything there is to win without any contenders. Of course, it is more than fair that its players, journalists and fans would be proud of these achievements because of the great relevance behind it.
However, as it always happens in every nation that does not have a glorious tradition, there is an unfortunate tendency for some groups to become a little arrogant as they forget their past and think they have changed the world.
The greatest example came from the legendary figure of Xavi Hernandez who could easily be considered one of the best midfielders in the history of the sport. Without a doubt he has been the real brain of the two teams that have marked an era of supremacy for the Spanish nation.
Despite all this, the 34-year-old once again wasted an opportunity to remain quiet in his emotional open letter dedicated to Spain former manager Luis Aragones who sadly passed away yesterday. His post published by El Pais is of a unique greatness with the only exception being when he stated that the Spaniards finally taught the world that it was possible to win while playing well.
Certainly soccer is the world’s most beautiful game just because nothing can be taken for granted and any idea could potentially lead a team to success. For this reason, who gets to really determine what playing well actually means? For sure it is a very subjective matter, and it is impossible to get an impartial perspective about it.
If anything, playing well simply means to be able to utilize your own players’ capabilities as best as you can. In other words, while a team with very skillful players should always aim to win by possessing the ball another one with fast players should instead look for the victory with a system that takes advantage of their speed. As a consequence of this, a Spanish victory cannot absolutely have more relevance than, for example, the one of Greece in the 2004 European Championship.
After all, even the great mind of Albert Einstein once said that “everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” For this reason, it is a mistake to judge all teams by their ability to posses the ball as Xavi believes.
At the end of the day, regardless of the actual style, every tournament is always won by the team that performed best according to its potentialities and not necessarily by the one that would necessarily utilize the so-called Tiki-Taka system. So please, great Xavi, realize that you have taught nothing to the soccer world.