Pique: Spain not Euro favourites

Spain defender Gerard Pique doesn't believe his team are the favourites to win Euro 2016 but acknowledges it was also the case in 2008.

The 29-year-old, a member of the victorious squads in both Euro 2012 and 2010 World Cup, discussed the defending champions' preparations for the France spectacle, particularly Tuesday's shock loss to Georgia.

"Winning a third Euros would be something unique but we're not favourites," he said on Onda Cero's Al Primer Toque. "[The defeat] demonstrated that, it was an accident but it also shows there are teams like France and Germany who can be better.

"But we weren't favourites in Euro 2008 or World Cup 2010 and we have a very good team. I think we're a high level: the generation coming now is very good, with a lot of very talented young people, and we hope to do a good job.

"Out of 100 matches you'll lose one, and that was [against Georgia]. Accept it, see where we made mistakes, and move forward.

"I understand that after a defeat such as that there's going to be discussion and criticism. We start on Monday and a victory against the Czech Republic is going to change everything and people are going to be optimistic."