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Xavi sets sights on Brazil after Euro 2012 display
Published : 01 Jul 2012 23:47:54
Midfield star Xavi Hernandez set his sights on yet more glory at the next World Cup in Brazil after playing an instrumental role in Spain's crushing Euro 2012 final 4-0 win over Italy on Sunday.
Xavi had come in for some albeit muted criticism from some quarters in his homeland after failing to stamp his mark on previous games with Spain not quite reaching the heights despite sticking to their pass and move style.
But on Sunday, everything clicked and the 32-year-old says there's plenty of life in the old dog yet.
"This was our best showing at the Euros. We turned in a very complete performance at all times. Today was a good game for me and finally I had a determining role and I managed to come with the passes from deep that hadn't been happening for me in previous games, so I am very happy," said the Barcelona star.
"We are setting the bar very high," he added after what was an historic third straight tournament success after Euro 2008 and the last World Cup.
"People expect continually more from us and always demand we win. it is difficult - yet also a very nice challenge."
Even though he will be 34 come the 2012 World Cup, Xavi hopes to be around for a tilt at yet more trophy success for perhaps the world's best ever international team.
"If I feel good I will speak with the coach. If I can, then I shall be there."