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Spain, minus Villa, in relaxed mood ahead of Euro final

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 27 Jun 2008

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In front of hordes of watching cameras Euro 2008 finalists Spain underwent a light training session here on Friday morning just hours after knocking out Russia on Thursday.

Luis Aragones' title contenders were in relaxed mood at the Franz Horr stadium ahead of Sunday's date with Germany.

But striker David Villa's hopes of lining up against Michael Ballack and company look non existent as the competition's leading goalscorer underwent tests in a Vienna hospital on the calf injury he picked up in the 3-0 win over the Russians.

“David's a very important player for us, hopefully we can win the trophy and celebrate it with him,” said Xabi Alonso of the forward whose four goals have helped lift Spain to their first final since 1984.

Villa came off in the 34th minute of Friday's game to be replaced by Arsenal's Cesc Fabregras who set up two of Spain's goals.

Spain are aiming to win La Furia Roja's first title since Euro '64 with the Liverpool star commenting: “I don't know what it was like back then 44 years ago but for us one of the keys to our success has been the atmosphere in the dressing room, we've got a really strong bond and play like a unit.”

He added: “We deserve to win and we hope we can play well against Germany to take the title.”

The Spaniards have one less day to recover compared to Germany who defeated Turkey in Basel on Wednesday but Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla remarked: “Having less time is not a problem. We'll go back to the hotel and rest and relax now.”

He said Spain wouldn't be tinkering with their impressive attacking play when they take on the Germans saying: “I don't think we'll be changing our style because of who we're meeting, we're used to all types of play.”

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