Victor Valdes has determined that Spain are calm ahead of tonight’s tie with France, and reflected on his hopes for colleague Iker Casillas.
Valdes will deputise once more in goal for La Roja in place of the injured Real Madrid goalkeeper, for Tuesday evening’s World Cup qualifier with France in Paris.
Spain go into the match two points behind Les Bleus in the Group I standings.
“In Finland we failed to kill of the game at 1-0,” began Valdes in conversation with sefutbol.com today.
“But now we are calm, our mind is on France and we are confident in our abilities.
“We know of nothing other than to go out and win, and that is what we are going to do.”
“Casillas? I have always said, I consider him a great friend, a great teammate and he is missed.
“I would also like him to return as soon as he can to the Real Madrid goal and to put all this behind him.”
Valdes won the 2006 Champions League Final with Barcelona in the Stade de France, the venue for tonight’s international game.
“I always said that if I had to point to one night in my career then that would be in Saint Denis in 2006, that night gave me strength to continue on in the years that followed at Barcelona, where moments are destined and that one was mine. It was very nice for me personally.”
Valdes was asked of his goals in mind with Spain.
“I do not look to long-term goals, I’ve never been one for that and with La Seleccion I feel privileged to be here, ever since the Coach called me to the list at South Africa. I live for the moment, I cannot ask for more.
“The Confederations Cup? You become addicted to winning titles, it makes you want to relive those moments with your people and your fans and I want to keep winning, come what may.”