Euro 2012 focus

Spanish stars at risk of burning out

April 29, 2012
By Miguel Delaney
Xavi was exasperated.

"What did people think," the midfielder asked. "That we were going to win every game 3-0? I can't believe what I am hearing sometimes. Do you not realise how hard it is? Teams aren't stupid. We're European champions, they all pressure us like wolves. There isn't a single metre, not a second on the pitch. Always 10 men behind the ball putting pressure on."

It's a quote that could well have come in the last 10 days. But it didn't. It came two ...

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