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'Fit' Fabregas: Germany are favourites

July 6, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Cesc Fabregas believes that following their thrashings of Argentina and England, Germany are the team to beat at the World Cup.

Cesc Fabregas
GettyImagesCesc Fabregas featured as a substitute in all but one of Spain's World Cup matches.

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Germany have put a total of eight goals past two of the pre-tournament favourites, while Spain have been some way from their best form, en route to the semi-finals.

Fabregas suffered a leg injury during training on Monday evening but Spain's football federation are insistent he will be fit to play after scans revealed no bone damage.

"We have watched all of Germany's games," Fabregas said. "When you are here, you don't stop watching football and we know every team."

"They are a very strong side, probably the strongest side in the tournament at the moment.

"As a team they are very quick on the counter-attack but defend very well. I like Bastian Schweinsteiger. He is playing really well. He is having a great World Cup.

"You never expect Argentina to lose 4-0 but in football today anyone can beat you.

"I don't mind if Germany are favourites. If they want to be favourites, we will accept that."

Fabregas, who has featured as a substitute in all but one of Spain's World Cup matches so far, is proud of what his team have achieved at the tournament but is focused on reaching the final.

"We just want to play the game, we want to be a strong team, we want to beat them, and we want to reach the final," Fabregas insisted. "We are very excited about the semi-final. It is the first time in our history we have reached the World Cup semi-final so we will try to do well in it.

"Two years ago we played the European Championship final. We beat them, they could have beaten us.

"I don't think it is about mind games. These are two teams who have a very good relationship. I don't know if Germany had it with Argentina but I remember shaking all their hands at the end of the Euro final.

"We have a great relationship so I don't think there is going to be a problem."