David Silva urges Spain to lift game in Euro final

Jul 01, 2012, 07:33 IST | Agencies

Spanish ace urges defending champs to lift game against 'extremely tough' Italy in Euro final

Spain midfielder David Silva believes that Sunday’s Euro 2012 final clash with Italy will be nothing like the sides’ Group C meeting earlier in the tournament. The finalists drew 1-1 on June 10 before going on to qualify ahead of the Republic of Ireland and Croatia, but the Manchester City man insists there is a lot more pressure ahead of their next showdown in Kiev.

Spanish midfield maestro David Silva. Pic/Getty Images

“The first match with Italy here was tricky, but this one is not quite the same, mainly because it’s a case of win or bust. Now the situation is very different, just as the game will be,” Silva was quoted as saying by fifa.com.

The 26-year-old also revealed that the defending championsare brimming with confidence ahead of the game, but acknowledged that they can still improve in certain areas. “There’s no doubt that Italy are extremely tough opponents, but when you reach a final, that’s to be expected. We’ve played Portugal and France, two top-class teams, and we managed to overcome them both. The objective has obviously not changed, and our confidence is as high as it’s ever been.

“We’ve been working flat out to reach the final. To have achieved that goal means that we’ve clearly been playing at a high level, but if we want to be favourably compared with past teams, we need to win; that much is obvious. If we do it, it’ll be historic, but we still have to improve on a few things.”  

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