'Emotional' Iniesta looking forward to Albacete return

The 2010 World Cup hero grew up in a small village in the Spanish province and is therefore delighted that la Roja could book their ticket to Brazil at the Estadio Carlos Belmonte

Andres Iniesta has admitted that, as far as he is concerned, there would be "no better place" for Spain to seal qualification for the World Cup than in his native Albacete.

La Roja, who lead Group I by three points from France, will book their ticket for Brazil if they defeat Georgia at the Estadio Carlos Belmonte on Tuesday evening.

Iniesta has admitted that the game has taken on extra significance for him because it is being staged in his home province.

"Once I knew the match would be here, I was very happy," the Barcelona star told reporters on Monday. "From now until the match finishes, I'll be very emotional because when you feel this emotion, it fills you.

"We will try to enjoy this as much as possible. We want the fans to enjoy it as well because the national team doesn't play here often. We want them to see a great game and to see us qualify.

"This isn't a friendly match so we have to have our senses in tune for the game.

"On a personal level, there's no better place to secure qualification than here."

Iniesta, though, is taking nothing for granted, as he feels that despite scoring two goals in each of their past four outings since their 3-0 Confederations Cup final loss to Brazil in July, Spain have issues with their finishing.

"We could be a bit sharper when it comes to the final ball and scoring," the attacking midfielder warned.

"Otherwise, in these tight matches, things can get difficult when the opponent grows into the game because they see we aren't finding the back of the net.

"We have plenty of goalscoring talent. We'll be looking to take the lead from the first minute and make things as comfortable as possible for ourselves."

However, Spain defender Sergio Ramos is confident that it will all be alright on the night - as long as Iniesta plays.

"It's a privilege for us to have a player like Andres, who has made this such a special period in the national team's history," the Real Madrid centre-half said of Spain's hero in the 2010 World Cup final.

"Having someone like him representing the country on a sporting level is great, even more so when they are as fantastic a person as he is.

"We have a special fondness for people like him."