Spain coach Luis Aragones praised the style of football played by his side after their 1-0 victory over Germany in Sunday’s Euro 2008 final.
“All those that love football want to see it played that way,” he said. “People want players who can pass well and get into the penalty area and score goals.
“They’ll look up to Spain as a model of how to play football.
“We’ve won this tournament brilliantly, it’s a happy day for the players, the background staff, me, all Spaniards.”
Aragones is set to step down as manager of Spain, and he has urged the new coach, expected to be Vicente Del Bosque, to continue to allow the players to continue in a similar vein.
“I said if we manage this group well, we will be champions. They are so good. I hope Spain will go on in this way,” Aragones added.
“The only thing I have to say to the manager who comes after me is to please treat them (the players) well and let them do their job.
“I have the mental strength to do it, and others may not have it.”
Aragones paid tribute to Euro 2008 final goalscorer Fernando Torres.
Torres scored the only goal of Sunday’s final as Spain ran out deserved winners.
“Fernando is a great player for Liverpool and for our team and he can go anywhere because he has really extraordinary speed and he knows how to dribble,” Aragones said.
“We always tell him he’s a player who is so young that he can learn to do everything and there is no doubt he can be one of the best players in the world.”