Pipa was to take his big opportunity on the big stage for Spain’s U21s
- Pipa delighted to be playing in the U21 Euros
- Spanish right-back heaped praise on his Town teammates
- Defender eyes winning the major tournament
Huddersfield Town defender Pipa is keen to show what he can do in the U21 European Championships.
The full-back has earned four caps for Spain’s U21s and started in their opening group game against Slovenia.
The young Spaniards, who are the current holders in the competition, beat the tournament hosts 3-0 and Pipa explained how happy he is to be playing for his national side.
“For me, it’s very nice and I’m very happy to be with Spain’s U21 in the Euros; it’s a great opportunity for me and for my career.
“Any person in Spain wants to take this shield and to play for their national team.
“I was very happy with the result last night. It was very important, and I was really happy to help my teammates and get some minutes.
“I hope that we can win our next two games and get the results we want.
“Like I say, it’s a great opportunity for me to show my best skills on the pitch and a big opportunity to play for my country.”
The wing-back was quick to recognise the impact Huddersfield Town, his teammates and Head Coach Carlos Corberán have had on him, stating he wouldn’t be performing on the big stage without them.
“First of all, it’s all the work I do for Huddersfield Town. This is the present for my work with Huddersfield Town and the result of my work there. I’m very happy for me, for the Club and to be here.
“The good work with my teammates at Huddersfield Town, the coach, everyone involved with the Club has helped me. If I didn’t work hard and play with teammates like I’ve got at Huddersfield Town, then it wouldn’t be possible for me to be with Spain’s U21s. Playing many games in the Championship has given me this opportunity too.
“I think it can change the life of any player being here.”
Now Pipa has his sights on topping his Euro group and going on to win the U21 Euros in the summer.
“We don’t have anything else on our minds other than winning the trophy. We know it’ll be very tough, very difficult, but we know we are Spain and the possibilities we have. We are working hard each day to get this trophy.”