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Our Freund at the Euros!

Posted on 28 June 2008  - 12:00

Lane legend Steffen Freund - Euro 96 winner with Germany - concludes his columns for us on Euro 2008 with a look at the final...

Our Freund at the Euros!

Lane legend Steffen Freund - Euro 96 winner with Germany - concludes his columns for us on Euro 2008 with a look at the final...

"Hello again to all you Spurs fans!

"This is my final column for Euro 2008 so I'd like to say first of all it's been a pleasure to be able to talk to you all again via the website and hopefully I'll see you at White Hart Lane again next season.

"We have the final we all wanted - Germany against Spain. I have to say now that Spain are the favourites, and rightly so. They deserve to be in the final and perhaps even deserve to win it with the football they've played throughout the tournament.

"It's all about mentality at this stage and Germany have the mentality to win these big games. I remember during my playing days with Germany we managed to win games we should never have won.

"A prime example is the semi-final against Turkey on Wednesday. Turkey deserved to win that game, they dominated play and had the chances, but Germany never know when they are beaten and always find that little extra quality to get them through.

"As I said, Spain have played the best football in the tournament and they were fantastic against Russia. This was a team who had played so well, especially against Holland, but Spain won easily.

"It will be interesting to see how Spain line-up without David Villa, who has a thigh injury. His partnership with Torres has been important. It might mean a start for Fabregas, but he isn't the same type of player as Villa and it might mean an extra man in midfield and Torres up front on his own.

"The situation has changed again for Germany in the final. They were underdogs against Portugal and played superbly, favourites against Turkey but didn't really deserve to go through and now underdogs again against Spain. That will suit them.

"To conclude - Spain are the favourites, are the best team and have played the best football - but if there is one team in Europe that can beat them on Sunday, it's Germany."