Andres Iniesta has reflected on Spain’s responsibility to approach their match with Tahiti in the right spirit and manner.
La Roja are heavy favourites to win comfortably against the 138th-ranked nation in the world, but their midfielder has made clear that they will still take to the field to do their utmost.
“The greatest respect for opponents is to play to the best that you can and to not relax,” mused Iniesta in his pre-game Press conference.
“We are not thinking of thrashing Tahiti. We want to try and win the game and move closer to making the next round.
“It will be a privilege and an honour to play in this country and at the Maracana. We do not play just for ourselves, but for all the people who admire us and follow us, who are reflected in us, and that is the greatest responsibility.
“Changes to the line-up? In Spain we are all starters because there is a very high level, there are no reserves. We will look to win and to play well.
“We are playing for the many who are reflected in us. Being in the field is the most beautiful in the world.”