Cesc - Germany are favourites
Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that Germany will be firm favourites against Spain in the World Cup semi-final.
By Razwan Mirza
Last Updated: 05/07/10 7:16pm
Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas admits that Germany will be firm favourites against Spain when the sides meet in Durban for a place in the World Cup final.
The Arsenal star insists that he is unconcerned by Joachim Low's young side taking the tournament by storm after demolishing England 4-1 and then Argentina 4-0 in consecutive games.
The 23-year-old, who is set to win his own personal fitness battle in time for the game says Vicente del Bosque's side will be well prepared for the much anticipated encounter.
"We have watched all of Germany's games. When you are here, you don't stop watching football and we know every team," he said.
"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."
Germany have been made favourites to reach the World Cup final as they seek to gain revenge for the Euro 2008 final defeat when a Fernando Torres goal earned the Spanish their first piece of silverware since winning the Henri Delaunay Trophy back in 1964.
Fabregas added: "I don't mind if Germany are favourites. If they want to be favourites, we will accept that.
"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.
"We are proud of what we have achieved so far but we want to go all the way.
"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."
Barcelona target Fabregas is sure that the two teams will show respect for each other ahead of their meeting in Durban.
"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."