Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has joined the growing band who believe Spain have become a boring team.
In winning Euro 2008 and the World Cup two years later, Spain thrilled with their tiki-taka style, centred around the midfield axis of Barcelona duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta. This summer though, they have gained as much criticism as plaudits.
"These guys are more than outstanding footballers; they are really intelligent and they are winners," Wenger wrote on www.eurosport.com. "I want to give them credit for that. However, they have betrayed their philosophy and turned it into something more negative."
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