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Valdano hails consistent Spain

6 July 2012 11:11

Former Real Madrid player Jorge Valdano says the all-conquering Spain team are more consistent than the great Brazil side of 1970.

Vicente del Bosque's Spain became the first international team to win three consecutive major tournaments by retaining their European Championship crown after beating Italy 4-0 in the final on July 1.

Valdano, a former Argentina international, feels Spain can be compared with the World Cup-winning Brazil side of 1970, and he praised Del Bosque for retaining a style of play their rivals have failed to cope with.

"I was excited by the Brazil team of 1970," he said.

"I was 15 years old, and it was the first time I saw a World Cup.

"I was fascinated by that team, but I have to say that Spain are making me feel a similar way, but with more continuity.

"Brazil of 1970 were just Brazil of 1970, but Spain was European champions, then world champions, the again in Europe, and I think that they should get credit for giving continuity to a team that has a coach with a defined style which their opponents cannot figure out.

"To talk about mentality, you have to talk about training, about working with youths. This is where Spanish football is different from the competition - because of its work with the lower leagues.

"Clubs like Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Villarreal, Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao, amongst others, are real life schools where players learn to play, but also how to be a team, and that shows."

Valdano, who won the FIFA World Cup with Argentina in 1986, went on to say the European Championship came at a convenient time for the continent due to the continued effects of the financial crisis.

"Football is nothing short of a gigantic social trade-off," he said.

"The tournament will not solve any of the problems in Spain, but it provides some respite and helps improve morale."

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