Iker Muniain says that whilst qualification to next year’s European Championships looks secured, Spain still aim to win next week to make certain.
La Rojita are in a commanding position to secure a place in next summer’s Under-21 tournament in Israel, after a 5-0 first-leg qualifying win over Denmark in Burgos on Thursday evening.
Even as the second leg in Denmark next Tuesday now looks like a formality, Muniain has reiterated that Spain’s desire is to win it.
“We are feeling very good, after playing against a team that is very strong and can play good football. To get five goals in these play-offs is not easy,” reflected the Athletic Bilbao man of the current mood, talking to the Spanish Football Federation’s official website today.
“We have almost decided things, but we have to play again and to play the game with all the ambition to again seek a win.
“The goals have made it more comprehensive, but let’s go out there and win without any concessions and hopefully on Tuesday we will have qualified for the European Championships in Israel.”
For Muniain, it is a chance next summer to help retain the title won by the 2011 side, which he was also a part of.
“We’ve been playing a long time together, we are familiar almost to perfection and it shows when we left the field, that we had fun playing, and I think that was also shown in the final result.
“It is a goal we have set, to win back the European title, it gave us so much joy last time. We know the importance of these tournament against great teams, with much at stake, and hopefully we can repeat that.”