Jose backs Spain for glory
06 Jun 2008 - 10:42:38
New Internazionale coach Jose Mourinho has backed Spain to finally land a major title at this summer's European Championship finals.
Portuguese Mourinho believes that the experience gained by the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres in England could help Spain finally shrug off their under-achievers tag.
The former Chelsea boss commented: "Tradition says Spain are very strong at club level, but haven't done really well in the national team final phases.
"But who knows, they can do it this time. Spain have a lot of good players.
"They have players who are playing outside of Spain who have adapted to a different football culture, especially in England.
"I think clearly for Fabregas and Torres to play in England is an incredibly good situation for their improvement as young players.
"The Real Madrid players in my opinion are in great condition because it was an easy season for them. They did not play in the Champions League because they were out in the last 16.
"The league was easy for them because Barcelona was losing all the time, so they didn't have these last months of pressure."
Spain were crowned European champions in 1964, but have since only reached the final once in 1984, where they were beaten by hosts France.