Soldado welcomes Spain pressure

Roberto Soldado has reflected on his pride in featuring for Spain in their opening Confederations Cup game and has welcomed pressure on the team.

The Valencia man was selected ahead of Fernando Torres and David Villa for La Roja’s Group B fixture with Uruguay and responded with a goal in the team’s 2-1 win.

“For me it is the greatest feeling and is what I have been working towards for a long time,” Soldado reflected this week.

“First to come into the team and to play in a game as important as that against Uruguay, which is the first game in the group.

“To me it was the ultimate to get a goal and especially to help the team to win at this important time.

“My most important moment with Spain? The day of my debut. It was the most special because it was almost five-six years ago that I debuted, but then I had a long time out of the team after.

“But the debut that year is undoubtedly the most special moment.

“Perhaps the first time you are with the national team I think it is the most special of all, because it is very difficult to get into.”

Soldado was asked of the scrutiny that the team comes under.

“I think pressure is good. To have so many eyes on this team is good for everyone and I think this team is used to it and can handle it well.

“The goal is to win the Confederations Cup and that is what we have come to do, to try and bring this title home.”

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