How Spain tore through Turkey at Euro 2016

Vincent del Bosque's side made it two wins from two with a resounding 3-0 victory.

How Spain tore through Turkey at Euro 2016
Alvaro Morata completes a 22 pass move for the third Spanish goal. | Image source: Getty Images

After edging past Czech Republic in their opening game, Spain looked a lot more like a team hunting a third consecutive European Championship crown after a vintage display against Turkey

Faster tempo in attack

For the first quarter of the game, the Turkish defence held firm against a talented Spanish side, before the reigning champions broke the deadlock on 34 minutes and put Turkey to the sword. The Spanish seemed to play with more tempo to their passing than they did against Czech Republic and the faster speed certainly paid dividends.

As they did against Czech Republic, central defenders Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique saw a lot of the ball beginning attacks from the back. The pair made over 150 passes, many of which going through Barcelona duo Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

Full-backs Jordi Alba and Juanfran played more like wingers and were keen to get forward in every attack. Jordi Alba in particular found plenty of joy on the left side, ably supported by Nolito, with the pair playing a part in all three goals. 

Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta were at the centre of most Spain attacks. | Image credit: Getty Images
Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta were at the centre of most Spain attacks. | Image credit: Getty Images

Stronger pressing prevented Turkey from having time on the ball

Spain not only seemed to pass the ball faster but were also quicker to press the opposition than they did against the Czech Republic. Turkey could not manage a single shot on target and only touched the ball in the opposition penalty area a dozen times. 

Like Czech Republic, Turkey were often far too deep defensively. Spain were allowed to play 85% of their passes in the Turkish half and, against a team blessed with some of the most creative players in the world, such a tactic is asking for trouble.

If they weren't already, Spain will certainly be on many people's list for candidates to lift the Euro 2016 trophy after finding their goalscoring touch against Turkey. They look compact defensively when they play their strong pressing game, blessed with flair and creativity in midfield and with Nolito and Alvaro Morata finding the back of the net, they have proved they are more than capable of scoring goals.