Xavi - Spain ready for glory
Spain midfielder Xavi insists he and his team-mates are ready to end a 44-year wait for silverware.
By Lucas Brown
Last Updated: 24/06/08 3:08pm
Spain midfielder Xavi insists he and his team-mates are ready to end a 44-year wait for international silverware.
Ahead of Thursday's semi-final meeting with Russia, Xavi is confident Spain can secure their first trophy since winning the 1964 European Championship.
Barcelona star Xavi accepts Russia, who have earned the plaudits in Austria and Switzerland, will prove difficult opposition.
However, the 28-year-old insists Luis Aragones' team, who have earned a reputation as perennial under-achievers as domestic success is rarely replicated on the international stage, are hungry to win this summer's competition.
"I'm very happy because we have taken a step towards making history, but we haven't done it yet," said Xavi.
Nut to crack
"We've got a tough nut to crack in Russia, but the team is ready in all senses and we want to win the tournament.
"We want to keep faith with our playing style. This game will be very different but the key will be if we can keep control of the ball.
"We certainly haven't become over-confident. There is no danger of that with this team or with this coach."
Xavi has also become the latest Spaniard to play down the significance of a 4-1 victory over Russia in the group stages.
"That opening 4-1 defeat was a big blow to them, but they were the better side in each of their next three games," added Xavi.
"They have grown in confidence so much that they are practically favourites to win the competition now."