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Albiol looks to 'make history'

Defender wants third consecutive tournament win

ESPN staff

Raul Albiol was part of the 2008 and 2010 successes© Getty Images

Raul Albiol wants to make history at Euro 2012 as Spain bid to become the first international side to win three consecutive major international tournaments.

Albiol, 26, has been restricted to a role on the bench so far this tournament but believes that Spain’s strength in depth can only serve them well in the tournament.

However, the Real Madrid defender is wary of final group stage opponents Croatia, in the knowledge that Spain’s progression to the quarter-finals is not yet secure.

“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,” Albiol told UEFA’s official website. “We expect a Croatian team which has lots of talent. 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. 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."

Spain currently top Group C with four points, level with Croatia after two games. Italy can still qualify, standing on two points, while Ireland are at the foot of the group without a point to their name.


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