Cesc Fabregas says that Spain will need to face tonight’s friendly in a competitive spirit, as he expects opponents Chile to do so.
La Roja will rekindle their rivalry with the South American team this Tuesday evening in a friendly arranged in Geneva.
In preparing for the game, Fabregas has admitted he has had a personal insight into how Chile are approaching the fixture, thanks to Barcelona teammate Alexis Sanchez.
“I have spoken to him, he’s a good friend and he has told me that they are highly motivated,” Fabregas told reporters this week.
“They are eager to win for the last friendly [in September 2011, which saw Cesc net twice late on for a 3-2 win for La Roja] and for the World Cup [which saw Spain eliminate Chile], I am certain that they will be very competitive.
“The South American players are warriors, they always push forward and run a lot. If you let them play, apart from their competitiveness, they are very talented.
“They have important players from great clubs and they are very attacking. The fundamental thing is that we have to go out and compete.”
Fabregas reflected on the current mood in the camp and his continued presence in the team.
“Right now there is a great atmosphere, everyone is very professional and it is one of the key reasons that we continue to achieve good results.
“Every time I am here I feel more important and with more weight in the team, so I am really looking forward to continuing like this.”