Morientes: No team as strong as Spain

Former Spanish international Fernando Morientes considers the team's midfield to be unmatched by any other squad in Euro 2012.

Football News: Spain

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Italy's Andrea Pirlo has drawn much of the attention ahead of Spain and the Azzurri's clash for the Henri Delaunay trophy, as the Juventus player has put on a masterclass in playmaking in recent games. However, Morientes told L'Equipe that he is expecting the Spanish midfield to dictate the Euro 2012 final.

"Our midfielders are, without doubt, the best in Europe, and the world, they are capable of giving their attackers the best passes. The fear of a striker is not being alone, but that they are given bad passes. They always have the support of the midfielders, and they are given the ball at the right moment," he stated.

"The midfield is our strong point, and our defence is among the best in the world. If you look at the stats, you will see that they rarely concede a goal."

As a result of the loss of Barcelona's David Villa prior to the start of the tournament, many have criticized La Roja for lacking a focus upfront. While Morientes agreed that goals have been lacking from Vicente Del Bosque's squad, he has full confidence that any player put out by the manager is capable of scoring for his country.

"Although the team do not score too many goals, to get to the final is a victory. I know that no current team is as strong or as complete as Spain, from the midfield to the attack," he insisted.

"When the [midfielders] play well, they can do everything in the last 20 metres of the pitch. All [the attacking options] are important, not just [Fernando] Torres, [Fernando] Llorente or [Alvaro] Negredo, but also the midfielders, like [David] Silva, Xavi, [Santi] Cazorla, [Andres] Iniesta or Cesc [Fabregas] who are capable of scoring goals."

The Euro 2012 final will be contested between Italy and Spain in Kiev.



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