Spain coach Vicente del Bosque is hopeful that Barcelona midfield star Andres Iniesta can take his excellent club form into Euro 2016 this summer.
The 31-year-old has rediscovered his zest for the game under current boss Luis Enrique again having endured a lull during Gerardo Martino’s time at the Camp Nou in 2013.
And having been criticised for taking an out-of-form Iniesta to Brazil for the World Cup in 2014 as Spain’s title defence came to an abrupt halt in the group stages, Del Bosque feels he could be their main man as they look to defend their European Championship crown with more success in France.
He said: “It happens often that players are written off. And that occurred ahead of the World Cup in Brazil for example. Many people, looking at the results, said things like ‘I said they should have gone with other players.
“But now Iniesta is in one of the best moments of his life. Let’s hope he arrives like that in France. We have to support each other in what we see, not in what we assume things will be.”
Spain are 1.57 to win Group D at Euro 2016 while they are 6.00 to win the tournament outright for a third successive time.