but I never remember playing a game where we just passed the ball back and forth along the backline.
klinsmann loves the Spanish game, and we all understand why. You've got to have the players. Then again, I think he knows this, I think he's taken to über extreme the concept of maintaining dominion of the ball, and it's not totally applicable here. It is however, important, no matter the technical qualities of the side. Very important.
What doesn't make sense is the unbridled nervousness to get to goal ipso facto there at the end. It hampered them, and once simple surface passes and five to eight yard loops were orchestrated, things began to change. I for one, see that as a general acclimatization of the players, and not Jurgey weighing in, which is frankly sad.