Spain Under-21 international midfielder Ander Herrera was delighted after helping his side to victory in the European Under-21 Championship final against Switzerland. Ander scored the first goal in a 2-0 win as the favourites lived up to their pre-tournament hype.
Herrera felt that the achievement of Luis Milla's side was all the better given what had taken place with the senior team 12 months earlier, when they won the World Cup in South Africa.
"This is a victory of great merit because of the added pressure we had being the understudies to the world champions," he was quoted as saying by AS shortly after the final whistle. "I dedicate the win to everyone in the team, my family and all my friends."
Fellow goalscorer Thiago Alcantara, who secured the tournament with a stunning piece of improvisation to chip Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer, also added his thoughts after the game.
"It is a great victory for the team and we must congratulate each other,” he enthused. “The final had to be won."
The Spanish will now look ahead to next summer's Olympic Games, which will take place in London. Barcelona duo Gerard Pique and Xavi have been rumoured as being selected as part of the quota of three overage players.