The 2010 World Cup finally got underway a short while ago, with a decidedly more active match between Spain and Switzerland. I think all football purists, whether they were pulling for either side or just wanting classic attacking football, were looking forward to seeing the Spanish maestros at work. Well, we got half of what we expected as Spain swarmed like bees at times, but the outcome was a shocker with the Swiss puling off the brilliant 1-0 upset. Welcome, 2010 World Cup. Glad you finally showed up!
Cesc Gets Preview Of Life At Barcelona As Spain Fall To Swiss
I want to write something really snarky here. Something snide about both Spain and Cesc Fabregas. But I can’t. I have too much respect and affection for Cesc and too much admiration for the way Spain play football. And while I do have time for a bit of a snicker at Spain going down to a very well set up Switzerland team – massive kudos to the Swiss on the win – I cannot but help feeling a bit sad for Cesc. Yes, I know he’s still coming off injury and didn’t get too much time during the round of friendlies. Yes, I knew he wasn’t going to start for Spain in the opening matches of the Group Stage. But I did expect him to get minutes – important minutes – early on. Unfortunately for all Arsenal supporters, Cesc will have the same stat line as Gael Clichy and Alex Song from their respective matches – no start and no minutes played. With the Spanish national team fielding the same midfield as Barcelona, one has to wonder if this is a preview of what life will be like for Cesc – for at least a couple years – should he decide to head home to the Catalan side in Barcelona this summer. As I mentioned in our World Cup preview article, I really only care about how Cesc does in this World Cup when it comes to Spain. Neither Cesc nor Spain got off to an auspicious start.
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