The former Spanish international, our Sony expert following Vicente Del Bosque’s national side in the World Cup this summer, says that football in Spain is in rude health – and not just because of the Uefa Champions League final that saw Real Madrid defeat city rivals Atletico 4-1 in Lisbon.
“I think the fact that there’s not just two teams in the final of the Champions League, as well as Sevilla winning the Europa League against Benfica, but the amount of teams that have reached the semi-finals, and not just this season but in previous seasons as well, proves once again how powerful and full of quality La Liga is,” said Mendieta.
“And it is not just as a competition but individually with the Spanish players, which reflects ultimately in the national team.”
Spain will be looking to defend their world title in Brazil, with a repeat of the 2010 final against Netherlands first up on June 13. And they will do so knowing that Real Sociedad were the only team from La Liga to be knocked out of European competition by non-Spanish opposition this term.
And Mendieta says that is further proof of Spain’s current status at the top of the world game.
“I think Real Sociedad didn’t have the depth in their squad to compete in both La Liga and the Champions League, as I think it’s very demanding,” added the former Valencia and Barcelona man.
“When you play against the best teams in Europe, experience could be key, and Atletico Madrid are one of the few that can get away with that. It proves that La Liga and Spanish players are the best ones.”