Friday June 29 2012
Team Italy impress Fabregas

Cesc Fabregas insists that his Spanish side will have total respect for opponents Italy in Sunday’s Euro 2012 Final.

“The winners will be deserving champions,” stated the Barcelona player on Friday. “I think we’ve been the two most consistent teams at the tournament.

“They have a very competitive team. They are very experienced at the back and up front – plus they have players who had excellent seasons for teams like Milan, Inter and Juventus.”

The Azzurri booked their place in the Final with a 2-1 win over Germany in which Mario Balotelli netted a brace, but the Manchester City man is not their only threat.

“It will be a tough game,” added Fabregas. “They have a lot of variety up front. They have strong players like Balotelli, tricky players like Antonio Cassano.

“In midfield they have special players like Claudio Marchisio and Andrea Pirlo, who's had a great tournament.

“Italy's defenders are very experienced too – and they know when to attack and when to defend.

“On top of that they have goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who's a natural leader, but Spain have a great goalkeeper as well in Iker Casillas.”