Spain’s predictable football is what ultimately caused their downfall, according to Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
After going into the tournament predicted to be potential winners, having won the past two European Championships and the 2010 World Cup, Spain crashed out of the Brazil World Cup after back-to-back defeats against the Netherlands and Chile.
Speaking as Yahoo’s Global Football Ambassador, Mourinho said: “In this moment people learn how to play against the best teams.
“When the best teams play, always believing that their philosophy is the one, the other people learn.”
Mourinho was quick to praise both Holland and Chile in the part they played in condemning Spain to an early flight home from the World Cup. The Blues boss, who is known for producing tactical master-classes against top teams, praised their ability to adapt in order to gain a result over the current World Champions.
“Holland and Chile they were very good by the strategic point of view, and Spain couldn’t cope with it in my opinion.”
The Portuguese manager heaped praise on the Dutch boss, Louis van Gaal, who is set to go head-to-head against Mourinho for the Premier League crown when he takes over at Manchester United next season.
He admitted: “Louis van Gaal was brilliant in the way he analysed and prepared the game against Spain.”
However, while Mourinho believes Van Gaal did an amazing job to demolish the team who narrowly defeated his side 1-0 in the 2010 final, Chile’s 2-0 win over Spain, in a game they were considered to be underdogs, made a much bigger impression on the former Real Madrid manager.
“I think we have to be fair, and instead of saying Spain didn’t play well, which I agree, but I think we have to be fair and say Chile did an amazing work and congratulations to the coach, Sampaoli.”
Spain still have to face Australia, who are also unable to qualify for the next round. However, the result will have little effect on anything more than their dignity.
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