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Euro2016: Barcelona star Iniesta happy for Spain to be patient

Andres Iniesta feels a patient approach might be key to Spain's chances at Euro2016.

The reigning European champions kicked off their Group D campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in Toulouse on Monday thanks to a late goal from Gerard Pique.

After the match, star midfielder Iniesta spoke of the importance of securing an early victory in the competition while touching on the respect the Czechs had for the back-to-back Euro winners who may have to be calm and composed in order to go far in the tournament in France.

"We're happy to start with three points, we've taken a step forward and now it's on to the next one," said the Barcelona ace.

"Nothing makes me happier than ending a game of football healthy and feeling good and ready for the next one.

"That's what it's about, maintaining that for as long as possible. We've got Turkey next (on Friday) and we'll just try to keep going.

"The team has a lot of respect - we've won that - and I like that. I'm going to try to help the team go as far as possible.

"It's true that it's not the first time we've had this kind of game or opponent. It means they have a respect for us.

"There's not a single way of breaking down these teams. You have to be calm and patient and keep going forwards until you get the result you want.

"I'm not a player that's had to do a lot of running without the ball like that but I'm sure that running 90 minutes without the ball is very difficult so it's not easy to go on like that."


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