A 1-0 friendly defeat by Georgia in Spain’s final warm-up game raised questions of Vicente del Bosque’s selection policy after he left big names out of his Euro 2016 squad including Juan Mata, Paco Alcacer and Fernando Torres.
And to make things worse, goalkeeper David de Gea has been dragged into an off-pitch prostitute scandal as the holders begin their defence against Group D rivals Czech Republic today (3pm).
However, forward Pedro says they are even more determined to do well after their poor display at the World Cup in Brazil, as they chase an unprecdented third European title in a row.
He says: “The mood reminds me of those of four years ago.
“The group have a different mentality, they want to do something great and have a successful tournament.
“We’re motivated. Maybe it’s because we didn’t have a good World Cup and we want to turn that situation around.
“We’re with [De Gea] and we must support him.
“We are calm, as he is, and this won’t destabilise the group.
Meanwhile, Czech skipper Tomas Rosicky is fighting fit for the match.
He says: “I had to work hard during the last two months.
“I intensified my training and played with the [Arsenal] reserves to get ready for Spain.”