Belfast Telegraph

Spain will rise to occasion: Iniesta

By Staff Reporter

Andres Iniesta has no concerns over Spain's form as they prepare to begin their Euro 2016 campaign against the Czech Republic.

Spain suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Georgia in their final warm-up match before heading to France.

Given the questions raised by their dismal performance at the 2014 World Cup, when they exited the tournament at the group stage, the result put more pressure on Vincente del Bosque's squad which could be at a turning point with so many of their key players heading towards the end of their careers.

But Iniesta said: "The defeat against Georgia was an accident.

"We have analysed what we did well and what went wrong. Tomorrow is another game. Our mind is on the Czech Republic. If we are at our best our rivals will need to do very well to beat us."

Asked about Spain's ageing core, Iniesta said: "What we provide is quality, quality to be worthy of the Spain squad."

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