Blues midfielder Max Kretzschmar shares his views of the events unfolding in Brazil.
So after a long and arduous season at Adams Park, you could be forgiven for thinking that you’ve had enough of watching 22 guys chasing a ball around a field for one season.
But like me, I’m sure you are indulging yourselves in the feast of football that has presented itself on our television sets this summer. Of course I am talking about the World Cup! (If you hadn’t worked that out already, then you probably shouldn’t be reading this…) And if the first few games are anything to go by then we are all in for a real treat.
I think it’s only fitting that I completely ignore what was a diabolical opening ceremony and just great straight to the main event. The less said about that ‘celebration’ the better. I was hoping for goals in the opening game and that’s what we got.
After a surprising opening 25 minutes (credit must go to Croatia for that), normal proceedings resumed and the World Cup pin up boy Neymar took the headlines alongside - well let’s just say - the rather interesting refereeing decisions.
However, on a lighter note, we brothers must stick together and so I think I must give a huge mention to my lookalike Oscar (yes he looks like me, not the other way round!). I thought he was faultless during the 90 minutes and I’m hoping he can bring that kind of form to the Premier League next season.
I enjoy watching the so called ‘lesser games’ such as the Mexico vs Cameroon game and I was really impressed with the style of play and the technique of the Mexicans in their 1-0 victory. However I must admit, I much prefer the bigger games and they don’t come much bigger than Holland vs Spain.
What went on there!? I couldn’t believe my eyes. Spain, the team who’ve mesmerised us all for the past decade or so, a team which has changed the way we all look at the game nowadays, were dismantled by a Dutch side inspired by the blistering pace and skill of Arjen Robben and the technical perfection of Robin Van Persie. I was aghast. Speechless. Have we now seen the demise and ultimately the death of ‘Tika Taka’? Possibly.
Quickly, let me touch on England. I’ve been pretty negative about England since the last major tournament, but uncle ‘Woy’ has a young, hungry and exciting squad in Brazil and I’m mildly optimistic. In layman’s terms – quarter finals = success!
Sterling must play, Henderson over Wilshere for me, Rooney at number 10 and Sturridge the key man. All this said, I have a funny feeling we will see a slow, possibly uninspiring match in Manaus against Italy with both teams enjoying large spells of possession. Low scoring but I’m hoping England can nick it. This time a nation doesn’t expect. So come on England!
Player of the tournament: Neymar
England’s star man: Sturridge
Surprise Package: Colombia