Pique calls for Spain to change their style

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Ger­ard Pique in­sists that it is time for Spain to change their famed style of play af­ter be­ing dumped out of Euro 2016 at the round of 16 stage by a re­silient and well-drilled Italy.

The 2-0 score­line did not in any way flat­ter the Italians, who pressed from the get-go and de­nied the Spa­niards the op­por­tu­nity to im­pose their pass­ing dom­i­nance on the game.

It’s the sec­ond straight ma­jor tournament that Spain have failed to reach their pre­vi­ous heights af­ter La Roja failed to even get out of their group at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The lat­est fail­ure clearly high­lighted Spain’s need to adapt, some­thing Pique feels needs to be ad­dressed quickly.

“We are not favourites any­more,” said the Barcelona cen­tre-back. “We are a team that can win matches, be­cause of our name and our past, but we are not the best team.

“We showed against Italy, and also against Croa­tia [in the group stage], that we are a team with very good play­ers, but we are not in po­si­tion to win tour­na­ments right now.

“It’s not only about the level of the play­ers. The style of game, even though we want to keep play­ing the same way, has not been ef­fec­tive.

“It’s a lit­tle bit of every­thing. We all need to re­flect about our style and our level to try to qual­ify [for the World Cup in 2018] in these next two years.

“If we re­ally want to win ma­jor tour­na­ments again we will have to reach another level.”

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