Spain Coach Vicente del Bosque has called on the fans to get behind his team in their attempt to qualify for Euro 2016.
The 64-year-old was attending a Press conference in Sevilla where the European champions meet Ukraine at the Sanchez Pizjuan on March 27, and took the opportunity to send the supporters a message.
“This is a very important game and if we are to qualify we’ll need the support of not only Andalusia but the whole of Spain,” he told reporters.
“It’s been some time since we last played and competed and we want to make certain that we deserve to receive the warmth and affection the fans have shown us.
“It’s always a pleasure come to Sevilla and for the national team to visit Andalusia. It’s a crucial game for us against a side that also has the opportunity to qualify for France, but we need to remember all the happy moments we’ve had as we want to defend our trophy next year.”
Del Bosque insisted La Roja must remain upbeat and is refusing to allow any negativity to creep in.
“We’re the defending European champions, just like Sevilla are the reigning Europa League champions, and we can’t afford to be pessimistic. There’s no such thing as an easy qualifier but we do need to put over a positive message to people even if it’s us who must go out and win.
“Ukraine are a strong side and a typical eastern European team, but we know them quite well and are aware they are uncomfortable to play against.
“However, all our upcoming fixtures are going to be important,” he maintained.