Spain captain Sergio Ramos has revealed the reason why the La Roja
crashed out of the World Cup and the Real Madrid defender has blamed
the late change of manager for their early exit in the World Cup.
Spain sack coach Julen Lopetegui with just two days to the tournament after the boss agreed to become Real Madrid coach and was replaced by former Real Madrid captain Fernando Hierro.
Spain managed to finish as first in Group B but was knocked out by the
host nation Russia through a penalty shoot-out having played a 1-1
draw during the normal regulation time.
After the elimination from the World Cup Ramos wrote an open letter
that was published in Spanish newspaper Marca, in which he also
insisted that the team could not have done any more to try and beat
Ramos said: ‘It was an immense, exciting challenge that we faced with
all the energy of the world. And when we had not yet started, something
happened that we did not expect. I will not value acts or decisions, but
instability is never a good companion.
Even so we maintained the cohesion, the strength of the group, the
energy of a group of colleagues and friends, but the truth is that we
have gone from more to less. Although many think we could have done
more, we did not know how to do more.
‘We could do better, we should have done better, but not only I’m not
ashamed, I’m proud to be the captain of this huge selection.’
Ramos also paid tribute to international team-mate Andres Iniesta, who
retired from international football following their exit from the 2018
He said: ‘A special reminder for a friend in adventures and
misadventures, that made us feel what we never imagined. Iniesta, it
has been a pleasure to walk this road with you in red. I wish you could
have taken a better memory for your farewell.
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