Brazil 3-0 Spain: A changing of the guard?
Have Brazil proven that Spain are no longer the force they once were?
We saw Brazil totally dominate the Confederations Cup final last Sunday against Spain in what was easily the worst performance we have seen from this era of Spaniards.
Brazil beat Spain at their own game, the Brazilians took a strangle-hold on the game and made Spain look like amateurs, it has certainly begged the question - is it time for Brazil to once again be the dominant force of world football?
For the last five years, all we have seen is total domination from Spain as they won the EURO 2008 title, 2010 World Cup title and the EURO 2012 title, they have been top of the world rankings for a breathtaking amount of time.
Many consider them as the best team of all time. However recently things haven't gone so well. Teams have finally found ways to grind them down and stop them from playing how they like.
Even Finland, a team who you wouldn't exactly consider as a strong side, managed to get a draw in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
None of us were really sure if the recent lack of strong performances was a blip or something long term. I mean it's not like Spain's team are old as the majority of them haven't even reached 30 yet and they should be enjoying the peak of their careers.
I think that the way Brazil tore Spain to shreds has shown the world that Brazil mean business and that Spain are not the force they once were.
The way the team performed on the night was worrying as Xavi was non-existent, they looked shaky at the back, Gerard Pique was sent off and Fernando Torres was poor.
Whereas Brazil had some dazzling performances - David Luiz for once looked like a world-class defender.
Neymar showed the world he is very much capable of performing on the big stage alongside Paulinho, Oscar, Fred, Marcelo and Julio Cesar.
I think Brazil's side has the potential to become what Spain have been in recent years; the best.
I may be wrong, this might not be the end of Spain's dominance, they could go and win a second successive World Cup and a stunning fourth successive major international tournament.
I'm convinced this 'false number nine' tactic has gone out of fashion as teams seem to have worked it out.
Maybe Brazil could be a let down, as they were in 2006 and 2010. However, the signs are good, the future looks bright and the mix of experience and youth seems to work.
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