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Aragones' Italian worry

Aragones Italian worry

Spain coach Luis Aragones has admitted he is a little concerned by the fact his side have to take on Italy in the Euro 2008 next round. Spain have qualified easily but the threat of Italy could prove a tough one.

"At this stage of the tournament any opponent was going to be difficult," Aragones told the Spanish Football Federation's official website.

"But they aren't the team I would have most liked to have met. Defensively they are almost perfect.

"We all know what Italy are like and it is not for nothing that they are world champions.

"That tells us everything. They seemed dead and buried and now they are in the quarter-finals.

"Italy know how to cope with the good and bad times and their history shows that they have some enormously talented and hard-working players."