Dalglish: Spain just like Pele's Brazil

Former Liverpool coach Kenny Dalglish called Euro 2012 champions Spain a "privilege to watch" and compared them to the legendary Brazil side led by Pele.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

The win over Italy in Sunday's final ensured that the Spaniards became the first international side to win three consecutive tournaments. They were also impressive throughout the tournament and made 3,946 passes and kept a clean sheet for 513 minutes since Antonio di Natale scored for the Italians in their earlier group encounter. 

A number of commentators have heralded the current Spain side as the best side of all time although there are also others who believe that Vicente del Bosque's men lack the panache and the attacking intensity of 1970 World Cup winners Brazil or 1974 World Cup finalists Netherlands. 

Dalglish, however, insists that it was a pleasure to have witnessed Spain's triumph and he made favourable comparisons between La Furia Roja and the international side led by Brazil legend Pele which went on to win three World Cups over a 12-year period. 

"The Brazil team that did win the World Cup in 1970 were most people's benchmark of the greatest team there has ever been," he stated in the Daily Mirror.

"They were like the Harlem Globetrotters of football. Pele, Gerson, Rivelino, Tostao, Jairzinho. They were great entertainers.

"And now, to go with those two great teams, we have the Spain team that dismantled Italy in Kiev on Sunday night.

"The Spanish were beautiful to watch in the final of Euro 2012. They provided a fitting ending to a terrific competition."

The Scotsman refused to be drawn into the debate over whether the current Spain side were better than the Brazil team led by Pele but he agreed that the two teams were in a league of their own alongside Socrates' Brazil side of the 1980s. 

"I don't know if they [Spain] are the best team there has ever been. Nobody can really say whether they're better than those two Brazil sides.

"The best any team can hope for is to say beyond doubt that they are the best team of their era and Spain have achieved that.

"They have won three major tournaments in succession and they have done it playing superb, attractive passing football.

"The names of Iniesta, Xavi, David Silva and Fernando Torres will be revered in years to come in the same way Pele, Rivelino, Socrates and Zico are now.

"They are thrilling this generation in the way that Brazil thrilled everyone who saw them in 1970.

"It's a privilege to watch them play."

The former Liverpool player was also happy to have seen the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus and Fernando Torres play well in the tournament as they had been on his personal "players to watch" list. 

On the Chelsea forward's performance in Euro 2012, he observed: "What we saw from Torres at the Euros confirmed that he's on the way back."

"That didn't surprise me. It was the two years when he struggled that surprised me.

"Some of the time, he was battling against injury but no matter how much talent you have, confidence is of paramount importance."

Torres played for just 189 minutes but he scored three goals and made an assist for Juan Mata in the final, thus earning the Euro 2012 Golden Boot award on the basis of having contributed more than Cristiano Ronaldo and Mario Gomez.

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