Well, I don’t think I could have called it much worse if I had tried too. For those not sure what I am on about, my blog post on Sunday about the Confederations Cup Final Betting said… If they are back on form tonight, I expect another trophy will be added to Spain’s growing portfolio.
What happened after that, I don’t know. Why did Spain perform so badly? Even football gamblers who fancied a Brazil win surely didn’t see that result coming!
I heard one Match of the Day pundit say that Spain were on the plane home after a minute and a half of the game, have to say I totally agree with that analysis.
I’d still take Spain to come out winners if they play Brazil in the World Cup next year. Torres and Mata both started on Sunday, and I don’t see either of them as first choice starters for me.
I also do think del Bosque used the competition to see how Spain faired playing a conventional number nine, and he also used it to give Torres a chance to prove himself. That said, Spain definitely wanted to win the trophy, and nothing can be taken away from Brazil, who were excellent and surprised me.
The crowd were amazing and I know it’s a cliche, but they surely must have been like a twelve man to Brazil.
I did a few quid on the game. When Brazil went a goal up, I thought they looked like a great lay on Betfair, I then topped that lay up at 2-0. Not my night I’m afraid! Never mind.
Anyway, Brazil are now the 7/2 favourites with the online bookmakers to win the 2014 World Cup. They are followed by previous favourites Argentina, and Germany, who are both 5/1. And Spain are now out to 11/2 on the back of that thrashing.
I still think the Spanish are the better of those four teams, and I would still back them to beat Brazil in a world cup match. Can Spain win a fourth tournament running though? The law of averages alone suggests not.
It’s a probability that they will get beaten by someone at the world cup next year. We have seen it many times in the past, the best side doesn’t always win a knock out tournament. And although I still see Spain as the best side, I don’t think I could back them to win next year’s world cup.