Five things that will decide France v Spain
Les Bleus must defend like Milan and Madrid
Barcelona’s tiki-taka style of football has become the favoured tactic of Spain, but AC Milan and Real Madrid both showed that with the correct application of pressure even the best teams and players can be found to make crucial errors. France need to press their opponents high up the field and try to induce mistakes close to the Spanish goal. If they can do this successfully and force errors from their opponents, it will give them a chance to exploit the visitors when they are at their most vulnerable. Should Xavi et al. manage to get a grip on the game in the midfield and dictate the pace of it, France will have a long, tiring evening.