Maradona: Spanish Team Ageing
Argentina legend Diego Maradona believes the current Spain team is ageing and that teams have found a way to beat the infamous tiki-taka.
Speaking after the Netherlands thumped La Roja 5-1 on Friday evening, the fomer Barcelona and Napoli man insists Vincente Del Bosque should known that teams have found a way to counter tiki-taka.
"That the Spanish team has been ageing became evident when they lined up for their opening Group B clash against The Netherlands,"
"Spain have been playing tiki-taka for quite some time now. It's a wonderful way of playing football, and fans and experts from all over the world have wholeheartedly shown their affection for this brand of game. It won them three consecutive big tournaments from 2008 to 2012.
"But [Vicente del Bosque] should have kept in mind that clubs in Europe have found an answer to Barcelona's style, which is very similar to what their national team plays. A fast-paced policy based on counterattacks has worked well against them.
"Spain have refused to change despite critics repeatedly pointing out that their style has been exposed."