Slaven Bilic blown away by Spain’s football in Turkey demolition: ‘Some of them were born between the lines’
- West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was in awe of Spain’s passing on Friday night
- The European Champions thrashed Turkey 3-0 in their Group D clash
- Bilic said Spanish stars played as if ‘they were born between the lines’
- But the Croatian was also highly critical of Turkey’s ability to press the ball
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic was so impressed with the Spanish players ability between the lines in their 3-0 win over Turkey that he joked that some of them must have been born there.
The Croatian was speaking in his role as a pundit for ITV after watching Andres Iniesta pull the strings in a vintage display from the European Champions, finished off with a 21-pass box-to-box move which saw Alvaro Morata grab his second goal of the game.
And while the Sportsmail columnist was scathing of Turkey’s performance, he was full of praise for the Group D leaders who play his countrymen on Tuesday, having already qualified for the last 16.
Slaven Bilic (centre) was full of praise for Spain’s football in their 3-0 victory over Turkey on Friday night
Spain finished off thier Group D opponents with a 21-pass move finished off by Alvaro Morata
Bilic said it seemed like some of Spain’s players were ‘born between the lines’ they are so comfortable there
GROUP D FIXTURES
Czech Republic vs Turkey (Thursday, 8pm, Lens)
Croatia vs Spain (Thursday, 8pm, Bordeaux)
‘You have to give credit to Spain because they can flow between the lines,’ said Bilic after the match on Friday night.
‘You have a feeling that some of them were born between the lines, they are very comfortable.
‘If you give (Andres) Iniesta and (David) Silva that much time you are dead. You should be happy with 3-0 then.’
But the West Ham manager was also very critical of Turkey’s defending in the 3-0 drubbing
The Croatian criticised their failure to press the ball and allow Spain to pass the ball at will
While Bilic was impressed with Spain’s flowing football, the West Ham manager was almost in disbelief at the way Turkey chose to sit back and allow the European Champions to advance.
‘Turkey is never pressing,’ said the Croatian. ‘They’re all behind the ball, “we are good, we are comfortable,” but in these 25 passes, the last five passes, which are basically in front of the box, no pressing.
‘Like Iniesta, great pass, no, unbelievable pass, but he had all the time in the world to do it.’
Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse