Luis Enrique: "The objective is to stop being predictable"

Tyler Owen
September 8, 2018

Ramos said that it was the job of the current squad to restore Spain to the heights that saw them triumph in three consecutive worldwide tournaments - the European championships of 2008 and 2012 and the World Cup of 2010.

"The fact we have been a reference over the past decade means that everyone knows our national team", he said. "After, we will see if we are effective but the objective is to evolve and stop being predictable".

"The boss has asked us to pay more attention this week because everything was new so we've had days of team talks, lots of dialogue and lots of work", Ramos added.

They endured a nightmare World cup campaign when they were knocked out by unfancied hosts Russian Federation after Spain coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked on the eve of the tournament.

A former Barcelona boss, there was plenty of speculation that Enrique's appointment would spell the end of Ramos' worldwide involvement.

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" I know there will be difficulties and challenges but it is just great to be here".

"Despite the speculation there could have been, I have always got on well with the people I have found with most character", said Ramos.

With the retirement of Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique, it will be a new-look Spain under Enrique, who has omitted Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke and Barca left-back Jordi Alba. Los Blancos, under new coach Lopetegui, have won their opening three league games, including 4-1 wins at Girona and at home to Leganes.

"We've received a lot of new information and we're try to translate that to the pitch so our fans can enjoy themselves again".

But some fans it will also be the first meeting with Real Madrid captain Ramos, who come under fire in last year's Champions League final. I never wanted to hurt an opponent on the pitch, of course, so my conscience is really clear about what I did that night.

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