PHOTO OF THE WEEK: The technical brilliance of Andres Iniesta
Sometimes it’s difficult to fully appreciate the workings of certain players in certain situations. Andres Iniesta certainly does not fall into that category, but if one was to abstractly analyse the Spaniard’s goal and assist stats (one goal and two assists in the 2015/16 season), you might be forgiven for pondering how he’s become so well regarded in world football.
This photo, taken from Euro 2012, where Spain trounced Italy 4-0 in the final, perfectly epitomises the sheer technical excellence of Iniesta and his uncanny ability to maintain possession in the tightest of situations. Spain and Barcelona’s vice like grip over opposition teams has often stemmed from their midfield superiority, and Iniesta, along with Xavi (with who we’ve paid tribute to in another article), were perhaps the most adept players in world footballing history at this. Ironically, it was in this tournament that Vicente del Bosque actually chose to field him as a left winger in a complex hybrid role. Italy ended up over-prioritising him, as best shown by Jordi Alba’s unlikely goal from left-back, which allowed Spain to blow their opponents away in a one-sided final.
Iniesta picked up player of the tournament, pipping Andrea Pirlo to the award. Will the magician be able to replicate such amazing form at Euro 2016 this summer?