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The influential German midfielder admits that Del Bosque's men are the team to beat in this year's tournament, but insists that the likes of Xavi and Iniesta are not invincible

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes that European Championship and World Cup holders Spain are the best team in Euro 2012.

The 27-year-old is an integral part of Joachim Low's German squad, who are, themselves, hotly tipped to do well in this month's tournament and lie firmly among the favourites to lift the trophy.

Yet the Bayern Munich man insists that Spain, a team that includes seven of the 11 players selected in this year'sFIFPro world XI, will be the team to beat.

Schweinsteiger told AS: "For me Spain are the best team.  Spain give fans and the rival team the permanent sensation of having an extra man on the pitch."

However, he was also quick to reiterate that Vicente Del Bosque's men are not impossible to defeat and played up his own country's chances.

He added: "However, those kind of teams aren't invincible.

"The young players have given a special self-confidence to the team [the German squad], while the fighting spirit and the will remains intact. We also have more quality now."

"Now we are more flexible and we are faster."