The official website for European football

Spain seek key to realm of legend

Published: Sunday 17 June 2012, 11.02CET
With a tricky game against Croatia to come, Spain's Raúl Albiol told UEFA.com that "the team is still hungry and wants to make history" as they continue their bid to retain the title.

rate galleryrate photo
1/0
counter
  • loading...
 
Published: Sunday 17 June 2012, 11.02CET

Spain seek key to realm of legend

With a tricky game against Croatia to come, Spain's Raúl Albiol told UEFA.com that "the team is still hungry and wants to make history" as they continue their bid to retain the title.

The pressure on places in the Spain team inevitably means some players will end up disappointed, but Real Madrid CF central defender Raúl Albiol feels the quality in Vicente del Bosque's squad helps keep everybody sharp. "It's hard for him to choose, but it's good that we have 23 players who could all play at national team level – this just makes us stronger," the 26-year-old told UEFA.com.

With four points after two games, a slip-up against Croatia could mean an early exit, and that – plus the struggle for starting places – is sure to keep the world and European champions on their toes. "We expect a Croatian team which has lots of talent," said Raúl Albiol. "They have good players in their squad, and have played well. We know that they also want to qualify for the next round, so it will be a difficult encounter.

"Since winning the World Cup we played a great qualifying round, and we have been demonstrating here how well we are doing," he added. "The team wants to win more titles, so there is no lack of motivation there, but it's clear that we could still suffer a defeat and go home. The team is still hungry and wants to make history, and so we are very calm in this respect."

Click on the video icon on the player picture above for more from Raúl Albiol, who was speaking to Graham Hunter.

Last updated: 05/12/13 4.40CET

Related information

Player profiles
Team profiles
Related match

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/news/newsid=1823601.html#spain+seek+realm+legend

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA and EURO 2016 words, the UEFA EURO 2016 logo and slogans and the UEFA EURO trophy are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.