Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday that he hoped Spain wins the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

“God grant that Spain become world champions. It would be a gift for the Spanish people on the eve of the holidays,” Sanchez said in an interview to state TV-channel TVE.

This was the first interview after his appointment. Spain and Portugal played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium on Friday, reports Sputnik news agency. Spain, who were the champions in the 2010 edition of the quadrennial event and are among the favourites this year, were kept in check, almost single-handedly, by a stunning hat-trick from star striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

Spain are currently placed at the 3rd spot in Group B. Spain will next face Iran on Wednesday and Morocco on June 25.

Earlier, Spain defender Gerard Pique said that it was important for their team to show that the sacking of their former head coach Julen Lopetegui has not had any lingering effects on the squad.

“The win was important but the main thing was to show everyone that we can play well following (Julen) Lopetegui’s departure. The game was difficult but we played as a team and scored three goals. It is important not to lose concentration now. But the draw didn’t suit either us or Portugal,” Pique added.