Spain defender Gerard Pique has a clear message for those at home experiencing turbulent times during the economic crisis: We won't let you down.

Spanish football has excelled in recent years while the economy is in recession and the country is on the brink of needing an international bailout.

With little good news off the field, Spain's players made it clear they were up to the task of defending its European Championship, with Pique saying ''we only ask you have faith in us. We won't let you down.''

Striker Fernando Llorente adds the players want ''to give all of Spain some joy because they need some joy, we know it.''

World Cup champion Spain opens against Italy in Group C on Sunday.