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Andrés Iniesta: "I am Spanish but I also feel Catalan"

"I've now spent more time in Barcelona than in Albacete and I feel Catalan as well as Spanish. I understand why people protested in favour of Catalan independence in the Camp Nou."

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AS.com | 16/10/2012

Andrés Iniesta believes that Spain face "very difficult" opponents in France tonight when they meet at the Vicente Calderón in a crucial World Cup qualifier, and believs his team will have to play "very well" to end the game with the three points.

"It's set to be a brilliant battle to determine who will go top of the group," the midfielder told French newspaper 'Le Monde'.

Iniesta declared that Spain "have always had a lot of respect for the French national side and their players" but e has faith in Spain's style of play and believes it could lead them to beating Didier Deschamps's side.

"We've been playing well for a while now and we've been able to win many trophies in this period. That's what's given us so much prestige, and it has also given us belief in ourselves and made us feel at ease with ourselves. A fire burns inside us and encourages us, and that's allowed us to believe in ourselves and in our style of play. Above all, we are a team that has got a lot of talented players."

Iniesta was also complementary of the work of the Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque. "Without a doubt, his results show that his methods work well, and that he is doing things the right way."

On domestic football issues, Iniesta revealed he would be more than happy to finish his career at Barcelona, the club which he joined as a teenager.

"I don't know if I would like to play for another team. I would like to finish my career with Barça. Obviously, that depends on how well I play on the pitch, but if I keep doing a good job, I hope to stay at Barça for many years to come."

Barcelona are currently top of La Liga, winning six of their opening seven games, and Iniesta believes that their brilliant start to the season may have something to do with the fact that Real Madrid won the league last term.

"It's been an extra motivation for us to fight on this season," he said.

The 28-year-old, who grew up in Castilla La Mancha, added that he loves living in the Catalan capital and every day feels more Catalan.

"I was born in La Mancha but I've lived in Catalonia for a long time and I love it here. I've now spent more time in Barcelona than in Albacete and I feel Catalan as well as Spanish. I understand why people protested in favour of Catalan independence in the Camp Nou [before Barcelona's game with Real Madrid on 7 October]. Everyone has the right to express their feelings freely."

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