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Spain are going to be the champions: Loew

So overawed was Joachim Loew by Spain’s performance in Durban on Wednesday night that he played Paul, the octopus. Minutes after the 0-1 semifinal defeat, the Germany coach said he had already seen the new world champions, reports Dhiman Sarkar.

sports Updated: Jul 09, 2010 00:01 IST
Dhiman Sarkar

So overawed was Joachim Loew by Spain’s performance here on Wednesday night that he played Paul, the octopus. Minutes after the 0-1 semifinal defeat, the Germany coach said he had already seen the new world champions.

“We just played the best team of the world. They are the European champions.

They are going to be the world champions. They will dominate the final against Holland,” Loew said.

“I am sure the Spanish can win any game because they are dominant and it’s hard to contain their attack. They have shown they can beat anyone. In the last two or three years, they’ve shown themselves to be one of the best and most united of teams. They circulated the ball with ease and we weren’t able to play the way we like to play. We could not snatch the ball from them; we could not win the ball. They deserved to win.”

Such summary and speculation would be tough for a Spanish football pundit to better. Spain dazzled in the second half and had more possession at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday and in the immediate aftermath of the disaster the Germany coach said he didn’t know why.

He agreed that Germany missed Thomas Mueller’s ability to sneak behind the defence but couldn’t explain why they were unable to switch gears from defence to attack as they had so efficiently done to unhinge England and Argentina.

Even while conceding that Germany were careless when Carles Puyol headed in a manner befitting his Catalan nickname Tiburon, the shark, Loew said his team didn’t know “where he is coming from” and followed that up with more praise about Spain being “masters of the ball who know how to control different parts of the game.”

Looking slightly more upbeat than usual and even winking once at the media, Vicente del Bosque wasn’t as effusive as his counterpart.

Del Bosque said he didn’t expect Germany to “succumb” so easily before analysing that Spain played so well that they unexpectedly made Germany look weak.

“The boys fulfilled my expectations and acted according to instructions,” Del Bosque said.

Del Bosque thanked Loew for saying what he did and said while Spain will celebrate their victory and a maiden World Cup final berth, it is important “not to be blinded by our success in the semifinal. Nothing is over now. We have to reach our main goal.”

Holland stand in the way of the Spanish armada conquering the world after taking over Europe and though Del Bosque said they play excellent football, Spain “have the intensity to win it in our hearts. We will both fight till the end.”

Germany too promised that, for their second successive World Cup third place playoff, this time against Uruguay. “We will have to rise once again. We can’t be disappointed for several days. It will be our grand finale though a small finale,” Loew said.