Any person that has followed the national team for a bit has to remember where this style comes from. It’s not from 2010, nor from 2009, but rather 2007 and 2008. And at that time, Barcelona was not the club that predominated or had hegemony in Spanish football. It was Real Madrid. And if we look back, in the Eurocopa final against Germany, there were only Iniesta, Xavi and Puyol from Barcelona, and Sergio Ramos and Casillas from Real Madrid. It’s alright for Spain’s play to be associated with Barcelona now, because they’ve had great success. But the success of the national team is not just a success for Barcelona, but of all the players that make up the Spanish national team.
Iker Casillas on whether the national team’s style of play comes from Barça
(via Una Madridista)