Pique calls for Spain to change their style
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.”