Who is the better team: Barça or Spain? >> Read My Mind


Beckenbauer: 'Barça are even better than the Spanish national team because they have Lionel Messi. They have the quality to successfully defend their Champions League title'

Beckenbauer: 'FC Barcelona have set the standard in football. They play perfect football because of the finesse of their game, their mobility and the way they move the ball around'

Beckenbauer: 'Barça are even better than the Spanish national team because they have Lionel Messi. They have the quality to successfully defend their Champions League title'

Beckenbauer: 'Spain are the best national team in the world and are the favourites to win Euro 2012. Germany have made a lot of progress as well and are up there. France could spring a surprise. They made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2010, but are looking much better now'

- With NINE blaugrana players being called-up for every single international match, the comparison between Guardiola' and Del Bosque's team is simply unavoidable.

Spain and FC Barcelona are 2 different teams playing in slightly different ways but the essence remains the same: The love for ball possession, following the idea the best way to defend is attacking from start to finish.

And then, of course, there's Messi. Any team in the world would be lucky to have his vision to drill defenses or find those hidden gaps to assist his teammates.

But let's not forget Valdes. For me, his ability to play the ball on the floor from the goalkeeper position enables his defense to start creating from the back line - Casillas tends to kick high balls when under pressure, hoping that men like Torres, Llorente or Busquets can manage to bring them down.

YOUR TURN NOW: WHO IS THE BETTER TEAM, FC BARCELONA OR SPAIN, AND WHY?