Euro 2012 victory will make Spain the most dominant force in football history
Spain’s fight to become the top team in the world came with many sacrifices and hundreds of hours of hard work. Therefore, La Furia Roja deserves to write their name in the history books as one of the most revered teams in the history of football.
Spain’s right back Sergio Ramos reckons winning the historic treble would resemble “icing on the cake”. The Real Madrid player came out to talk to media in a press conference before tonight’s Euro 2012 final against Italy.
The Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 champions, Spain head into the Euro 2012 final at Kiev as hot favorites. Sergio Ramos told reporters that the kind of performance Spain has shown in the past couple of years has already earned La Furia Roja a spot in the history book.
“We are aware of what we are playing for on Sunday,” Sergio Ramos said. “It is something that as of today no team has ever achieved. It requires many years of work and sacrifice. No matter what happens we have already made history.
“This hasn't finished though and the icing on the cake would be to return and win the Euros. Maybe there are some that don't value it but for the work we have done I think the whole country ought to be proud. Even if we lose we can return with our heads held high.”
Andrea Pirlo has played an integral in Italy’s run to the Euro 2012 final. The 33-year midfielder has been in superb form for club and country for the past year. The Juventus player was pivotal to Italy’s 1-1 draw against Spain in the group stages of Euro 2012.
Sergio Ramos reckons Spain needs to cut off Andrea Pirlo from the midfield. Nonetheless, the Spaniard is also wary of Italy’s strikers.
“(Andrea) Pirlo is one of Italy's references, he makes the difference and takes control,” Sergio Ramos said. “He is like Xavi in our team but they are two fantastic footballers. Although we also can't concentrate on one player because Italy create danger with the forwards they have too. The collective is what has got them here.
“We ought to be worried about them but not obsessed. We need to maintain our philosophy of play which is the key to our success.”