Euro 2012 the hardest tournament for Spain, Martinez says

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes that despite their previous two tournament wins, Spain’s quest for a third successive trophy will be their hardest yet.

Vicente del Bosque’s side progressed to a quarter-final match-up with France after two wins and one draw in Group C saw them top the group. After their success at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup, Spain are predicted as tournament favourites and have lived up to their billing. However, Martinez insists that Euro 2012 is not Spain’s to lose, because the opposition will set up in a such way to try and stifle the attacking threat of the Spanish.

Martinez said: “It is probably the hardest out of the last three tournaments; firstly, because anyone that plays against Spain knows it’s acceptable to do whatever they want to get a result and that’s a big advantage. Therefore, it will be difficult for Spain to find a way to win games.”

During his playing career, Martinez was never capped for his national side, but is hopeful that his native country can pick up a third successive tournament win. The Wigan boss believes that Germany are one of the favourites to win the tournament and believes Spain have to find someone ‘who can convert those chances’ that the Spanish attack create.

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