Vicente del Bosque has hailed Iker Casillas as a “living legend” ahead of his 100th cap as Spain captain when he leads his country out against Slovakia.
Speaking to Radio Marca before La Roja's crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against the Group C leaders, the Coach also discussed his side's chances against their opponents in Oviedo on Saturday, Juan Mata's return to the fold and the continued omissions of Jesus Navas and David Villa.
“Hopefully he can mark [his 100th cap] with a good performance. He's a living legend,” he mused.
“In football, you never know what can happen. Unpredictable things occur, like Netherlands [on Thursday].
“[Slovakia] have won six games and possess good players but have four major injuries.
“They're a good team, so we must be very careful with their quick transitions when they win the ball.
“A win wouldn't see us through, but it would put us in a good position to qualify.
“I haven't decided [on whether Santi Cazorla or Juan Mata will play]. Anyone can play as there's great competition in the squad.
“[Mata] was penalised by United's poor season last year, but he's always played well for us.
“We don't always call up [Jesus Navas], but he's always given us good service and always plays well.
“It's difficult for [David Villa] to return, but he's one of the best players in Spain's history, even if he hasn't reached 100 caps.
“The aim now is to qualify and then we'll try to defend our [European] crown.
“The young lads are doing well and have joined the national team with plenty of enthusiasm.”