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Balotelli is a great player, insists Fabregas after Italian hitman's brace sets up Spain clash
Posted Saturday, June 30, 2012 by Dailymail

Cesc Fabregas has warned his Spanish team-mates about the threat of Italy's star striker Mario Balotelli ahead of the Euro 2012 final.

The Manchester City man scored two superb goals to dispatch Germany on Thursday night as the Azzurri made it through to Sunday's showdown by winning 2-1.

Fabregas' comments are no surprise given the threat that Balotelli - joint top of the list of golden boot candidates - poses.

Balotelli is a great player, insists Fabregas after Italian hitman's brace sets up Spain clash
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'Balotelli is a great player,' the Barcelona midfielder told Sky Sports.

'He showed that yesterday by scoring two superb goals in a semi-final against a very strong team like Germany.

But Fabregas knows the threat to Spain's attempt to win three major international titles running comes from more than just the entertaining frontman.

'They have a very competitive team,' he explained.

'They are very experienced at the back and up front, and they have players who had excellent seasons for teams like AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus.

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