Spanish striker Dani Guiza has confessed he dreams of playing in Sunday night’s European Championship final against Germany.
However injury to David Villa, who now looks likely to miss Sunday’s final, has opened up the possibility of Güiza starting the match and linking up with Fernando Torres up front.
Despite being largely reduced to a substitutes role so far in the tournament Güiza has certainly made an impact. He has scored two goals in three matches, one more than Torres who has started all but one of Spain’s games, and is hoping his performances will be enough to force his way into the starting line up for Sunday’s showdown with Germany.
Speaking to the media ahead of the final Güiza revealed his desire to make Sunday’s starting line up. He said: “Of course you dream, and my dream has always been to play in the final with the Spanish national team.”
Güiza also took the opportunity to pay tribute to fellow striker David Villa, whose place he will be hoping to take after the Valencia striker injured his thigh in Spain’s semi final victory over Russia.
Speaking about Villa, Güiza said: “[Villa] is an important player for us. He has had a great Euro and he deserved to participate in the final with us. But, we have to continue and focus on this important match now. There are more players.”
Despite Villa’s absence Güiza faces competition for a place in the starting line up from Cesc Fàbregas, whose appearances from the bench so far in the tournament have been impressive, none more so than in the semi final when the Arsenal man came on to set up two goals to seal Spain’s 3-0 victory over Russia.
Güiza was quick to acknowledge the contribution the midfielder had made especially as Fàbregas had laid on a wonderful pass to Güiza for his goal, and Spain’s second, against Russia.
“He was fantastic,” confessed Güiza on Fàbregas, “He is a great player and of the highest quality. My goal was mainly due to his assist.”
Although the speculation suggests that Fàbregas is more likely to get the nod over Güiza, the striker revealed that he would be working hard to try and convince coach Luis Aragones that he should be the man to stay in the side, ahead of Fàbregas.
“I keep on training hard and then it's up to the coach to decide,” he said before concluding that, “I don't know, of course it crosses my mind, but I have no idea.”