“What gives recognition are the titles, but what matters is the previous work. The title puts the varnish on the work,” he said.

“To get to a final is a privilege. If you leave everything out there on the pitch, there can be no frustration afterwards. Of course, we want to win, not for me but to make our supporters happy.”

According to the coach, Spain acknowledges that Croatia poses a formidable challenge and will be a formidable opponent.

“I see it as a very even contest, each team has their own strong characteristics, but we have both shown that today we are the two best teams in Europe.

“We would like to win the game inside the 90 minutes. They have more experience, and that half hour (of extra time) is vital in terms of experience. A calm head sets the tone, and I think Croatia are also very strong physically.”