Goalscoring Soldado has eyes on final prize

The Roja star insists that pressure will help the squad while his team-mate Pedro has praised the influence of Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas
Spain striker Roberto Soldado has his eyes on the Confederations Cup trophy following their opening win against Conmebol entrants Uruguay on Sunday.

The first-choice Roja forward scored the second goal in a 2-1 victory which saw the world and European champions get off to an ideal start in the Brazil-based tournament.

The Valencia frontman already has his eyes on the prize and is expecting the pressure and expectancy to triumph to work in Spain's favour this summer.

He told AS: "Our aim is to win the tournament. That’s what we came here for, to try and take the Confederations Cup home with us.

"I think pressure is good. The fact that so many people are watching us is good for everyone and I think the team are used to it and know how to deal with it.

"Scoring for your country for me is the greatest feeling there is and it’s what I have been working so hard for all these years to achieve. Simply being here with the national team and being able to play against a team as important as Uruguay was great, but scoring a goal was unreal."

The player to open the scoresheet for Spain on Sunday was Pedro - via a deflection off Uruguay defender Diego Lugano - and the Barcelona attacker was keen to praise his team-mates for their contribution in the three points.

"Cesc worked [great] by moving between the gaps, creating difficulty for the defence of Uruguay," he told reporters in the mixed zone after the match.

"Iniesta is a different player - we are so lucky to have him on our team and we enjoy it."

Luis Suarez's sublime free kick pulled a goal back for the reigning Copa America champions but Uruguay were unable to salvage a point from the clash.