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Fabregas confident of historic Spain treble

Barcelona midfielder is confident his team can become the first to win three successive international tournaments.

Cesc Fabregas is sure that Spain can win a third international tournament in a row.
Cesc Fabregas is sure that Spain can win a third international tournament in a row.
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CESC FABREGAS IS in no doubt Spain can make history by becoming the first nation to claim three successive international tournaments.

The reigning world and European champions are the favourites to win Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine and the Barcelona attacking midfielder insists that Vicente Del Bosque’s men will not buckle under the pressure of expectations.

“We are a team that is playing with a lot of confidence and we have now been to big tournaments and won,” the 25-year-old said.

“Of course there will be a lot of pressure because being the favourite is not easy; it’s a new experience. But we are very happy with the way we are playing.

(Spain are 14/5 favourites on Betfair)

“I want to make history. I want to be the first team to win a treble of European Championships and World Cups. And why not? Right now we feel good.

“It’s going to be a high-level tournament and very closely matched. In Spain we believe we can win, but we know there are other teams who think the same. I think we will be fighting mainly against Germany, Netherlands and Italy. But of course we don’t rule out England.

“The main thing for us, though is that we have a great team and a great team spirit and we have a lot of momentum. We know we have the potential and it’s up to us to make sure we keep winning.”

Spain have been drawn in Group C alongside Italy, Ireland and Croatia, and Fabregas freely admits that even qualifying for the knockout stages will be far from straightforward.

“It’ll be very difficult,” the former Arsenal man said.

“But we are the European and world champions for a reason and once we reach the finals and play against the big sides, I think you will see Spain are ready.

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“We have lost a few friendlies since the World Cup, like against Argentina, England and Italy. But when it has mattered we have won. Italy know that. Everyone knows that.

“We will be ready because we are the favourites and everyone wants to beat us. I don’t think our players feel the pressure. We know that when it has come to big games, important games, in recent years we have won them.

“We know we can do it, and we are confident in ourselves. Winning two big trophies makes you very confident.”

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