- Alvaro Arbeloa responds to claims in England that Spain are Boring:
“I’ve played in England, I know what kind of games they like: open, loads of chances. Maybe when they see our type of game, a game defined by control, they find that boring. That’s normal. I can understand that. But all that [debate] speaks volumes about the demands made on Spain. People don’t seem to realise that in a competition like this the difficulty is huge. You can’t win every game 3-0, you can’t be brilliant every time. The opposition play too but it is as if they don’t exist.”
- French manager Laurent Blanc talking about how his team would adapt to Spain’s style of play:
“You adapt to every team you face, but the question is: when do you adapt? You adapt when the other team have the ball.
What’s the problem? The problem is that Spain have the ball 60% or 70% of the time. They have the ball and won’t give it back. You only have the ball for a third of the game. I can say ‘we’ll push these men up here’ but maybe they’ll end up down in the corner flag.
Spain are going to have the ball, it is impossible to fight them for ball retention, Spain have been humble saying we’re dangerous and a good side. I don’t know if they were telling the truth, but at some stage we have to try to be dangerous. Yet we have to be careful of them. I usually say we have to adapt as little as possible to our opponents and play to our own strengths, but they are the best team in the world.”
- Germany’s Joachim Löw on his surprise decision to change his forward line against Greece.
” To be cheeky is a good thing. Today it was the time to bring in some fresh faces and different types of players who could do a job and I think it worked very well. I thought after three victories, with which I was satisfied, we needed to be unpredictable against Greece because they know us very well.
I don’t think there is any question we absolutely deserved to win this match. Greece scored two goals out of one chance and the only thing I can say is we didn’t take chances at the start of the game. They had a strong defence but in the second half we didn’t let them hassle us because of the goal we conceded. We put in a good performance and the whole way we played was fantastic.”
- England’s Roy Hodgson responding to possession statistics and England’s inability to keep the ball.
“It doesn’t help your fatigue. We tried to play quite positively. A lot of possession is kept amongst the back players. I don’t regard possession statistics as showing who is a good or bad team [but] we know we need to be better with the ball. That is where we have to keep working. In this particular tournament we didn’t have an awful lot of time to prepare. We defended well throughout but could have attacked better.”