Spain de­ter­mined to si­lence doubters

Ramos be­lieves La Roja can se­cure a his­toric tre­ble in France

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Af­ter sev­eral years of dom­i­nat­ing world foot­ball, Spain were brought crash­ing back down to earth at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where they were thumped 5-1 by Hol­land and dumped out at the group stages.

De­spite win­ning nine of 10 games in qual­i­fy­ing they failed to set the world alight as they booked their place in France this sum­mer.

How­ever, Span­ish sides have dom­i­nated club foot­ball this year with Real Madrid win­ning the Cham­pi­ons League and Seville the Europa League.

Ser­gio Ramos played an in­stru­men­tal role in lead­ing Madrid to their 11th Euro­pean crown, and the ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender be­lieves Spain can win an his­toric tre­ble. “We’re am­bi­tious cer­tainly,” said Ramos. “We want to win it and we’ll try but we know there’s a lot of com­pe­ti­tion. “There are more teams than ever and many top-qual­ity squads.” The cen­tre back named France, Ger­many and Eng­land as po­ten­tial ri­vals for the ti­tle and is well aware that sides have seem­ingly found the for­mula to keep Spain in check. But Ramos be­lieves this Spain squad can adopt a dif­fer­ent style and ex­cel over the next month. “It’s clear that all the squads are ex­tra mo­ti­vated when they face us,” added Ramos. “We are the reign­ing cham­pi­ons of Europe and we’ve also been world cham­pi­ons.” We have a good his­tory and ev­ery­one wants to beat us. “Our style of play is very char­ac­ter­is­tic and ev­ery­one has been study­ing it thor­oughly so we have to rein­vent our­selves to carry on fight­ing to achieve the high­est lev­els of suc­cess.”

First up for Spain is a tough test to­day against the Czech Repub­lic (5pm UAE time) be­fore equally tricky ties against Turkey and Croa­tia.

“We have to go step by step with­out con­ced­ing any goals,” he said.

“You can ex­pect a squad who are go­ing to give ev­ery­thing on the pitch to make our coun­try proud.”

Mean­while, right-back Hec­tor Bel­lerin be­lieves his Arse­nal team­mates Petr Cech and To­mas Rosicky could mean it is a tough open­ing game for Spain.

“Rosicky or­ches­trates the mid­field and he’s a great player who’s quick on the ball and re­ally clever, so we know we have to be very wary of him,” said Bel­lerin. “Cech makes you feel safer with him be­hind you. He’ll be im­por­tant for the Czechs. Per­haps he’s the best goalie I’ve ever seen.”

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