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The Dutch Euro 88 winner feels that the reigning champions are once again the team to beat in Poland and Ukraine, and has hailed the importance of the Barcelona playmaker

SPAIN
GROUP C
HOW THEY QUALIFIED
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PTS
 SPAIN 8 24
 CZECH REPUBLIC
8 13
 SCOTLAND 8 11
 LITHUANIA 8 5
 LIECHTENSTEIN 8 4

Former Netherlands international Ruud Gullit has voiced his opinion that Barcelona's Xavi is the player to watch for Spain at Euro 2012.

The Dutchman believes that La Roja always play well when the midfield maestro is on song, and sees the reigning champions as the team to beat at this summer's tournament.

"If Xavi plays well, Spain play well. Xavi has that magic touch in the team," Gullit was quoted as saying by Marca.
Euro 2012
Del Bosque: There's no pressure

"They are favourites to win Euro 2012. The team play great football and their ranks include many players with exceptional technical ability."

The former AC Milan and Chelsea attacker then went on to stress that opponents will do their utmost to find ways to usurp Vicente del Bosque's side at the European Championship.

"Spain are the team to beat. So everyone will try their hardest to stop them from keeping the trophy, by finding a way to stop them from playing well.

"The opposition doesn't hang around waiting for you to win. The opposition tries to find a way to beat teams that are so good by playing a different style."

Spain start Euro 2012 with the Group C match against Italy on June 10.

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