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Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has promised that the "best is yet to come" from the Spanish team as they prepare to take on Germany in Sunday's European Champonship final in Vienna.

Spain have captured the imagination with their progress to the final, winning all their matches in some style.  Compared with Germany, who have looked below-par on occasions but whose winning mentality has taken them through to another showpiece occasion, Spain look the team in form.

However, Alonso warned: "The best is yet to come and we need to finish off what we have done so far.

"We have to contain our happiness because we have yet to win the biggest game of all. We're hungry for success."

The Spaniards go into the final seeking their second major trophy - and first since 1964.

They look crtain to be without the tournament's top scorer, David Villa, who has a thigh injury, but that hadn't knocked their confidence.

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas is expected tostart in Villa's place. He set up two of Spain's goals in their 3-0 semi-final victory against Russia, pulling in five-man midfield after coming on as a substitute for the Valencia striker.

Fabregas said: "We have to respect Germany. They are a very strong and very competitive team and are one of those teams that fight until the end and it's going to be difficult to beat them.

"But we are united, all rowing in the same direction, and now we want to give our fans the biggest joy of all, which is to take home the trophy."


Mark Hinton, Goal.com

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