Fabregas blasts critics after 'boring' Spain outclass Italy to retain Euro trophy
23:00 GMT, 1 July 2012
Cesc Fabregas has hit out at the critics who labelled European champions Spain as boring.
The Spanish focus on possession football and closing their opponents out of the game has not been to everybody's taste but the World Cup winners turned on the style when it mattered in the final against Italy.
And Fabregas, who played in the 'false No 9' position in the 4-0 win in Kiev, believes his side delivered the perfect riposte.
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Asked if tonight's performance was an answer for their critics, the midfielder told Radio Five Live: 'I think so. Those people who think we are playing boring…in my opinion they don't understand the game.
'This feels really amazing, one of the best days of my life. I don't think we're ready to see what we have done. Three major trophies in a row has never been done before in the history of football.
'It's difficult to realise what we have done, but in time I think we will, It is amazing.'
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Jordi Alba, meanwhile, was delighted to cap his impressive performances throughout the tournament with his first international goal in the final.
'It was my first European Championship. They made history before and now I have done it with them. I still don't believe it but I will get used to it.
'Now I will enjoy it with the team. I have had a very good Euros and I have managed to score a goal. In these moments I want to thank my friends, my family and the people that have helped me so much.'
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The 23-year-old has also had a fine week off the field as his €14m transfer from Valencia to Barcelona was completed and he is looking forward to returning to the Catalan giants having come through the youth system there before being released at 16.
'I am very happy about signing for Barcelona. There has been an agreement between the clubs and at the end everything has gone well. I am so happy for everything that has happened.'