It may not sound to be a humongous record, but if we analyse it, it is like scoring a brace in a Euro cup final. Football is all about possession and keeping the ball on the feet. This is the way opponents defense can be broken and helps in scoring goals. There is no better team than Spain to exploit this style of passing game, which is very pleasing to the eye. The Spanish side attempted a total of 860 passes against Ireland yesterday.
Passing the ball is a skill, which Spain has mastered. You will never see the Spanish national team playing many aerial balls. If they do so, they might only do it while switching flanks, else the ball is always on the green carpet. Xavi has mastered the art of passing perfectly more often than not. His passes are meant to go where he desires to, right at the feet of the player. It is the same role that the midfielder plays while playing for his club, Barcelona. If we get to look at the passes chart of the Barcelona players he must be the best passer for the club, too.
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