Fabregas: Italy will be tough to beat

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Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas is looking to impress his new Chelsea manager Anotonio Conte when they face Italy in the European Championship round of 16.

Italy and Spain meet on Monday in a repeat of the Euro 2012 final and the former Barcelona midfielder highlighted the Azzurri's competitive nature and experience as their key attributes.

"It's always tough against Italy. They are competitive and have a lot of experience. They have what it takes to win a tournament," he said at a press conference.

"It will be tough to beat them as matches against the Azzurri are always 50-50, aside from the final in 2012."

La Roja are the defending champions of the European Championships – having humiliated Italy 4-0 in the final of the 2012 edition.

"Its the best 90 minutes we've put together. We enjoyed ourselves and that doesn't usually happen in a final," Fabregas added.

The midfielder also took the time to speak about the coming up against his Stamford Bridge manager.

"He is a great coach and a winner. He told me what he wants to do at Chelsea, but that will remain private," he said.

"I really want to work with him, but I want him to focus on Chelsea as quickly as possible. I hope that will start on Tuesday.

"I liked his Juventus side and I had watched them win, though I didn't tune in every week. I've watched more of them recently and he's also done a great job with the national team."