• Euro 2012

Fabregas: Spain can rule for years

ESPN staff
July 2, 2012
Cesc Fabregas says Spain are eager for more trophies © Getty Images

Cesc Fabregas has warned the rest of the world that Spain are hungry for even more success following their third tournament victory in a row at Euro 2012, ominously declaring they are yet to reach their peak.

Having triumphed at Euro 2008 and at the World Cup in South Africa, Spain made history on Sunday when beating Italy 4-0 for a third major trophy in a row.

Despite their recent success, Fabregas says the squad are not done yet, and says more silverware is attainable if they stay motivated.

"Considering we are 23, 24, 25, 26, most of us, except two or three, it says we can keep going," he told Sky Sports News. "But it depends on us. We have to really behave properly, we have to want more and be hungry for success. Definitely this team has been showing that for the past four years and we have to keep going.

"Every year it will become more difficult because teams will want to beat us more, but we just want to enjoy tonight and then we will think about the Confederations Cup next season."

He added: "In four years we won the European Championship twice and World Cup when this country didn't win anything forever. We're very proud of ourselves, the way we played, the way we won, the way we behaved, the way me made everyone see us always in a very good shape and a very good attitude. It's a big night for us.

"When you win a lot it gives you such a pleasure inside, it makes your head so big, it makes you win even more. This year means a lot for the country - we are suffering a little bit in the country with the whole [financial] crisis and I think this will do very well for the country in the next few days."

Fabregas also hit back at critics who have labelled Spain boring to watch. "From our point of view it has been difficult because we have had a lot of pressure from the press, but once again this team proved everybody wrong and even we are impressed with what we have achieved," he said.

"We are very proud of the way we play. If we have won things for the last four years it is because of the way we play, because we believed in that style. We did not have to change anything. We did not have to prove people wrong because they thought it was boring, and it is not about what we won but how we did it.

"I think we have impressed the world with our technical ability and tactically, because it is not just about going forward scoring goals. Defensively we have been very compact and strong, only conceding one goal and scoring 12. I don't think that is a boring team."

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