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Aragones: Spain have maturity now

Spain Head Coach Luis Aragones has spoken of his delight at the maturity shown by his side during Euro 2008.

Aragones told BBC Sport, “This side have learnt a lot. We were a young side at the World Cup and now we know what these competitions are like. I think we can carry on.”

Aragones was speaking ahead of his side’s crunch quarter final match with Italy on Sunday in Vienna.

Luis Aragones

He added: “This part is over and now we are on to the really impressive bit. We hope that the sort of mentality we have shown up until now will help us through.”

“We know we face difficult opponents, but Italy will be thinking the same. Both sides have a lot to lose, but the only thing we can do is head into the game with a positive attitude knowing that we can win.

Spain certainly have a distinct advantage going into the game, having been able to rest key players in their last group game, while Italian defender Barzagli has been ruled out, weakening the Italian defence further.

Liverpool midfielder, and reported Juventus target, Xabi Alonso summed up the team’s focus, ahead of the clash with Donadoni’s Italy.

“We’re taking it step-by-step. Now the classification is done and we were only thinking about this game. Now Italy.”

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