Iniesta: Honour to be home

Andres Iniesta has reflected on his return to Albacete this week, Spain’s refusal to change style and criticism of Michu.

Spain are closing out their 2014 World Cup qualification with Tuesday evening’s match against Georgia to be hosted in Albacete, where Iniesta was born and started out as a youth.

“For me, to be back in my land with the national team is something special,” the Barcelona man has mused to Movistar this week.

“I debuted there with the national team and I return to see my family and friends and people who there is great affection with and that I respect.

“I hope to enjoy this and to help deliver a victory, which was what we are after.”

La Roja head into this Tuesday needing just a point to guarantee progression to the World Cup finals in Brazil, but come into the game off the back of an indifferent performance against Belarus

“We always play our football, to attack, to create chances to score. What we are finding are very defensive teams, but I prefer that they do not come here looking to attack us.

“When a team is closed off, they have many metres towards the other goal. We have a way to play and look for success from the way in which we understand the game.”

Michu debuted against Belarus but received criticism for his lack of chances.

“The criticism of Michu is totally misguided and without foundation. He should be congratulated for debuting with the national team because it is not easy to reach this team and his work has been very good, so that is why he is here.”

Iniesta has also commented this week on his intentions to renew his contract with Barcelona.

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