“Spain is living an eternal dream, which is a nightmare for the rest,” wrote AS’s Luis Nieto after watching La Seleccion record their seventh win from seven in the 2012 European Championship qualifying process, and their 21st World Cup or European Championship qualifying win in succession.
“Today [Friday] Czech Republic endured that terrible toothache between the music of violins sounded by the world’s leading producer of midfielders,” continued Nieto in a highly complimentary piece about Spain and their strength in depth.
Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso and Xavi Hernandez played against the Czechs, with consideration to Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta who were unavailable for the team’s latest games through injury.
Nieto described Fernando Torres as the “fallen angel, still not rehabilitated in figure, but that there is room for almost anyone in the [team’s] creative space.”
Marca also spoke of the ease of which Spain were allowed to play on Friday night, whilst looking at the records the team are closing in on. A win against Scotland will see them equal the Netherlands’ and France’s respective 14-game competitive winning streaks. The team have also won every qualifying match since September 2007.
Miguel A. Herguedas of El Mundo described Spain as leading the Czechs on a merry dance, and suggested there are few occasions in qualifying games where focus is more on the condition of players – Xabi Alonso and David Silva going off injured – than on the score-line.
Herguedas said of their domination: “Spain may one day become depressed with wrinkles when they run out of wanting more World and European Championships.
“Forecasts are simple with Spain, a team so dizzying to rival, the beauty of their football becomes something obscene at times, a sort of contempt for the opponent.”
El Pais’ Luis Martin focused on statistics too and pointed out that by the 37th minute, possession was 77% in Spain’s favour, and that it had only ever finished higher than that – 78% – once during Del Bosque’s era, when they last played Czech Republic.