Fabregas fears Portugal counter

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Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas has talked up the attacking threat of Portugal ahead of tomorrow (Wednesday) night’s Euro 2012 semi-final.

With the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani in the line-up, Paolo Bento’s side have plenty of players capable of causing La Roja a problem, with Silvestre Varela and Hugo Almeida also impressing when given the chance in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

The Barcelona midfielder expects Portugal to play on the counterattack at every opportunity, and it won’t come as a surprise given the caliber of player in the opposition ranks.

"Portugal have a strong counterattack, but if I were a coach and had Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo I'd probably play that way too," he told the press.

"There may be three Real Madrid players in their side but they have a distinct style. Portugal have a midfield which likes to hold the ball and use it well."

Fabregas has been fighting Chelsea striker Fernando Torres for a starting berth in the Spanish line-up all tournament, predominantly preferred ahead of the 28-year-old in a ‘false nine’ position for his country.

However, coach Vicente del Bosque started ‘El Nino’ in the 4-0 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland in the group stages, and could turn to the former Atletico Madrid man again despite Fabregas starting the 2-0 quarter-final win over France on Saturday.

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