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Sergio Busquets: France 'will be a true battle'
Posted Saturday, June 23, 2012 by SNTV


Spain defender Sergio Ramos still wary of France striker Karim Benzema on Friday (June 22) in Donetsk, Ukraine, despite still not scoring at the UEFA European Championship.


SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Sergio Ramos, Spain:

"(Karim Benzema) might not have had a great start in this Euro (2012) tournament, but I do believe he is a great football player, even though he has not scored yet. He works for his team, he makes a difference. When you play against him, it is obvious that he makes a difference. If you forget about him for a minute, he just scores. So honestly, I hope he will not be on a good day tomorrow, otherwise it might hurt us a lot."

SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Sergio Busquets, Spain:

"I think France are a very powerful team, and that they will be true to themselves tomorrow. I am sure they will have a strategy to try and defend. I think they have good forwards, and they know how to keep the ball, just like we do. It will be a true battle, and the winning team will be the fastest one to snatch the ball, the team most able to keep the ball."

SOUNDBITE (Spanish), Vincente del Bosque, Spain coach:

"We are the favourites on paper, as world and European champions. But there is also a record of France consistently beating Spain in competitive games. A match always has its part of uncertainties. We shall see whether we are able to move forward, put our past behind us, and take advantage of the moment."

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia