Cesc Fabregas was delighted with his performance after Spain beat Uruguay 2-1 in their Confederations Cup Group B opener.
The former Arsenal man was one of Spain's outstanding performers in the victory, along with his Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta.
Fabregas provided the assist for Roberto Soldado's goal, Spain's second, and almost scored a goal of his own, but saw his shot hit the inside of the post.
The absence of Xabi Alonso due to injury meant that Spain coach Vicente del Bosque allowed Fabregas a free role in midfield and the player relished the opportunity.
He said: "The boss asked me to play freely.
"He knows that when I was at Arsenal that was the position I played in the best, and it worked very well today."
Fabregas also reflected on the team's performance as a whole, saying: "We played very well, we were very strong in defence and in attack. We had a very good first half."
Iniesta concurred with Fabregas, but admitted that Spain's performance began to decline towards the end of the match, partly due to the high temperature.
He said: "We had a great game but we were really worn out due to the heat and humidity. We feel very good about our performance and that is what's important.
"We knew that Uruguay were going to be very difficult opponents because of the way they play, they are very aggressive, in the good sense of the word, they don't let you settle.
"In the second half we dropped our level a bit and it was a shame we couldn't get the third goal, but the important thing is that we won."
Goalscorer Soldado was delighted that Spain not only managed to get the three points, but also play the way they wanted to.
"We leave here very happy because we were up against a very tough team and we managed to win," he said.
"We have managed to stay loyal to our philosophy, even against a team as good as Uruguay."