Andres Iniesta insists that there is no chance of him underestimating the threat posed by France to Spain's Euro 2012 hopes, revealing that Laurent Blanc's side remind him of Barcelona.
While La Roja was not at its brilliant best in clinching its place in the quarterfinals, Vicente del Bosque's men are heavy favorites to defeat Les Bleus on Saturday night, with their opponent only having sneaked into the knockout stages after a surprise 2-0 loss to Sweden.
However, Iniesta claims that he has the utmost respect for a French side that tries to pose the same problems as the Camp Nou giants.
"France have a very strong team," the Blaugrana midfielder told France Football. "With Laurent Blanc, they try to play a bit like us [Spain]. In some phases of play, they even remind me of Barca, especially in the way they carry the game to their opponents.
"It is clear they will try to fight for control of the ball because they have strong and technically gifted players. It will take a very strong Spain to prevail over them."
The midfielder also admitted that Les Tricolores boast one of the players who have impressed him most during the group stages of the competition.
"To name a few, I would say that Luka Modric played a great game against us; he is phenomenal," the World Cup winner mused. "But I also noticed Yohan Cabaye in the France team. He had a great season at Newcastle and Laurent Blanc has given him a very important role in his team.
"And then there's Andrea Pirlo, who needs no introduction. He has shown a remarkable level of performance since the beginning of the Euros. There are many others, it is difficult to name a few because the level of the European Championship is very high."
Spain's last-eight meeting with France in Donetsk will get under way at 2:45CET.
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