Atletico Madrid’s Marcos Llorente has started both Spain matches at right-back, keeping Azpilicueta out of the side, but the 31-year-old’s renowned team ethic means he is only focused on the collective ahead of Wednesday’s big game against Slovakia.
‘I came with the aim of contributing as much as possible to the team,’ he continued. ‘We have a coaching staff that seeks the best for the team.
‘Like Marcos Llorente, I have also had to play in positions other than my usual one. From my position, I can only encourage him, support him and always be on the side of the coach’s decisions.
‘The dressing room is really looking forward to the game. We would have liked the situation to be better but we have it in our hands. The best thing about football is depending on yourself and this is what we have. It will be like a knockout match.’