‘We have to give 100 per cent’

Jordi Amat has conceded that whilst Spain ‘know the demands’ of winning and ‘having to play well’, they also still have to give 100 per cent all the time.

The Spanish Under-21s are this week preparing for 2015 European Championship qualifiers at home to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary.

At 21, Amat is one of the team’s more senior players and is happy to assume the extra responsibility.

“We have had to take the role of veterans and we are delighted to have done so, although you sometimes wonder what to say,” mused the centre-back to reporters this week.

“I think that we are part of a united team and we are here to take the opportunity provided by the Coach.

“The group is in perfect condition and raring to continue along our current line. These are two very important games ahead and we want to end them both with victory.

“We know that we are favourites and we have an obligation to win, but we are used to the demands of not only winning, but also playing well.”

Amat is one of the Spanish contingent out in the Premier League with Swansea City.

“I’m very happy to play there, but now I can return to my country and enjoy the days of sun which are very rare over there.

“In England the game is played at a very high physical level and I think that I can translate that back here, because we need to give 100 per cent always, even in training.”

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