Spain midfielder Xavi Henandez feels winning the European Championship is more difficult a task than winning the World Cup. (Spain 8/11 in Euro 2012 Betting to beat Italy on June 10).
Defending European and World champions Spain are looking to complete the treble by retaining their European crown when they travel to Poland and Ukraine for this summer's tournament.
Xavi said: "The Euros are definitely harder than the World Cup. In the World Cup, with all due respect, you can face teams like Honduras or Saudi Arabia. The teams in Europe are much harder to beat." (Spain 11/4 in Euro 2012 Betting to win the tournament).
He added: "Everyone wants to beat the champions, it's another game for us. Moreover we are without key players such as Carles Puyol and David Villa. The coach was right to say they are irreplaceable, but we will have to try and compensate for their loss with other players."
Vicente del Bosque's team struggled to break down China last night with the only goal of the match coming from David Silva with 6 minutes left on the clock. They will play their Group C opener against Italy on 10 June.
He continued: "That day in Euro 2008 against Italy changed the dynamics of Spanish football. I want to continue winning like that."
The Barcelona star has stressed that it would not be a disaster if Spain were unable to defend their European title, even though the Spaniards are one of the favourites to win the tournament.
He said: "We are going to try with our style. In my opinion there are 7 or 8 teams that could win the title, so it could be a surprising time this year. I mean not everyone can win. It would mean no disaster for us if we didn't." (Spain 4/9 in Euro 2012 Betting to win Group C outright).