Del Bosque: Spain favourite to win Euro 2016

As Spain steps up preparations for the tournament in France, Del Bosque claims the 2008 and 2012 champion is the team to beat in its quest for a three-peat.

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Spain team celebrating a goal against South Korea

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque believes the two-time defending European champions are favourites to win the forthcoming Euro 2016.

Braces apiece from Alvaro Morata and Nolito guided Spain to a 6-1 thumping of South Korea in Wednesday's pre-Euro 2016 warm-up fixture.

And as Spain steps up preparations for the tournament in France, Del Bosque claims the 2008 and 2012 champion is the team to beat in its quest for a three-peat.

"We're favourites [to win the European Championship] because we won the tournament four years ago," the former Real Madrid coach said.

"There are other competitors but it's our dream to be champions again."

Spain — in the midst of an 11-game unbeaten streak — has one friendly remaining, against Georgia on Tuesday, before facing the Czech Republic in its Euro 2016 Group D opener on June 13.

Matches against Turkey (June 17) and Croatia (June 21) will follow.

"We've improved recently, and I think we're in good shape. We are ready to start the European Championship," the 65-year-old added.

"We've had a very hard, very intense session [against South Korea], but we're preparing to arrive [in France] in the best condition."

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