Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger believes that European Championship and World Cup holder Spain is the best team in Euro 2012.
The 27-year-old is an integral part of Joachim Low's German squad, which is hotly tipped to do well in this month's tournament and lies firmly among the favorites 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's FIFPro world XI, will be the team to beat.
"For me Spain are the best team," Schweinsteiger told AS. "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.
"However, those kind of teams aren't invincible," he said. "The young players have given a special self-confidence to the team, while the fighting spirit and the will remains intact. We also have more quality now."
"Now we are more flexible and we are faster."
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