KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – While Xavi Hernandez hasn't made a major impact at the European Championship, Spain's playmaking midfielder knows he still has Sunday's final against Italy to change that.
Xavi was named player of the tournament when Spain won Euro 2008, and the midfielder has been regarded as the driving force behind the 2010 World Cup winners' recent successes going into Sunday's final against Italy.
But Xavi admits he hasn't had the same impact in Poland and Ukraine, which follows a long club season where he was sometimes sidelined by a nagging calf injury. He was replaced in the semifinal penalty shootout victory over Portugal due to fatigue.
Xavi says ''I would have liked to have had more influence in more games but you can't always.''