The game has changed. German speed and precision devastated Argentina. The latter team looked slow, haphazard, irritated, frustrated, and without direction, without strategy. Germany, on the other hand, is looking superb! With every game, they seem to improve, gain further confidence, and blossom.
Yesterday, the Netherlands did exactly the same thing to Brazil. With precision and masterful strategy, they knocked out Brazil.
The only remaining Latin American teams are Uruguay and Paraguay. The latter doesn’t have much of a chance against Spain, but we shall see.
Its economic troubles notwithstanding, Europe is looking good in this World Cup. In the future, Latin America will need to bring in European coaches to teach discipline and precision to their national teams. Maradona, despite his stature as one of the greatest footballers of all time, doesn’t know the first thing about discipline or precision. He is all passion and intuition. But while that can be enough to succeed as a player, it is not enough to be a successful coach.
This segment is a part in the series : World Cup Diary