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Old 01-07-2013, 13:17   #13
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I kinda agree with Kalman, it looked like no other Spanish player was particularly up for taking that penalty.

The biggest example of a previous situation was that of 92 when we entrusted a centre back to take the most important penalty in our history, simply because others bottled it. At least that could be considered slightly understandable as it was for the clubs first liga title ever and there was real pressure there.

What surprised me about yesterdays situation was that a lot of this crop have played European club finals, the Euro Championship final and a world cup final. Whilst there would have been some pressure in a Confederations Cup final, surely it's not in the same league as those other comps. I think they had just lost belief in themselves to be honest, which is something that hasn't happened in the Spanish national team for years.
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