There are times when friendlies should be taken seriously. Germany and Spain drew in Dusseldorf on Friday in a high quality encounter. It's difficult to find another team capable of playing like Low and Lopetegui's sides.
La Roja were extraordinary for the first half hour. There was a spark. There was pace. There was ambition. If they didn't kill the game off, it's because they're still reliant on their midfield and perhaps a little bland up front, where they're unable to turn their domination into goals.
Germany are the reverse. They're a side with less style but they're more lethal -- as they demonstrated.
Iniesta, the magician, shone once again for his country in the first half. It was the Barcelona midfielder's umpteenth exhibition for Spain, with a collection of passes and dances showing that at the moment he's not a player who should be considering semi-retirement in China.
And not just that. He gave the impression that being a veteran of the team now is not a handicap, but a treasure chest full of magic. With his talent and intelligence, he's able to overcome any physical dip the years may deal him.
Any team that has Iniesta in that form is capable of winning anything. Especially if they have players like Isco, Silva and Thiago by his side, the quartet forming the most creative midfield in the world. Iniesta is in shape to win another World Cup -- no to go to the Chinese Super League.