Vicente del Bosque has admitted to his nerves ahead of facing France next week, citing that they are not too far behind his Spain side.
Les Bleus held La Roja to a 1-1 draw in November’s first meeting of this 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign and have home advantage next Tuesday for a potentially decisive fixture in Group I.
“Of course I am apprehensive of that game,” Del Bosque told RMC this week.
“Didier Deschamps has very good players. These are players who are as good as ours as they showed during the second half of the first game of Spain-France.
“I can even say that at some point they were better than us.
“We are the first to have confidence in our players but we have huge respect for France.
“I fear this tie. I have great respect for the French and now the difference between the two teams is not as important.
“They will have maximum motivation. Besides, everyone knows how the French are.
“They are proud people, patriots, and it is clear that they will do everything to beat us.”
Del Bosque also spoke to Spanish media, discussing his concern with the form of country’s strikers, as well as his view on Jose Mourinho’s Ballon d’Or voting claim.