29 May 2012
Realmadrid.com / Translation by Michael J. O'Donnell
Casillas, Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Arbeloa analysed Spain's chances in the Euro 2012.
"Our objective is to win like we did in 2008, but we surprised everyone then, while now everyone knows how we play. Every opponent we face will make it difficult for us. They know facing us could thwart their objectives."
"Germany are strong. They've been doing well in recent years and they always fight to win the title. The Netherlands played in the World Cup final and France have very good players and will be looking to forget what happened in the last World Cup."
"I hope the top scorer is a Spaniard because it would mean we reached far, unless one player scores four or five goals in one match."
"Our chances to win will rely on keeping our philosophy and style, which led us to success in recent years. Being favourites is inevitable after winning the World Cup and the Euro because the press will always focus on Spain. We managed to win thanks to humility and hard work. That's what will allow us to win some more. We've had a core team for years, something other sides don't have."
"The season is very long and every team has a chance to be in top form now. It also depends on the form their players are in. One of the favourites for me this year, despite the group they're in, is Portugal. They have players of tremendous quality. I'm lucky to play with some at Real Madrid and I believe they can stand out in the Euro."
"I have the good fortune of playing in the best league in the world and I think the top scorers in the tournament will come from there. I believe they will be Spanish. We have many players who have been performing at top level in recent years."
"This Euro will be complicated and, despite what bookies say, I don't see that we're clear favourites. We have to be weary and humble within all this speculation. It will be tough for Spain."
"Portugal have a great team and it wouldn't surprise me if they reached far. I hope the top scorer is Spanish."
"Nobody has managed to win the Euro right after winning the previous edition and a World Cup. This shows how difficult our challenge will be. Everyone has studied us and wants to defeat us... It is never easy to win a title again."
"Any team could prove surprising. I hope the top scorer is Spanish, but if not, I'd like him to be either Karim Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo."