Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has said all of the Spain team needs to take responsibility for the 5-1 defeat to Holland on Friday and put things right against Chile.
The reigning World Cup champions were humiliated against the finalists from four years ago, with former Los Blancos winger Arjen Robben grabbing a brace along the way. Although noone from the Spanish team showed up on the night with a big performance, Iker Casillas has taken much of the blame following an error strewn show.
But Ramos, who was caught out of position on more than one occasion, told the media afterwards that everyone needs to share the blame for the defeat.
He also insisted La Roja is not at the end of an era, and that they have much to play for still. Vicente del Bosque’s side lost their opening match four years ago against Switzerland but went on to win the trophy.
Ramos said: “It was difficult. It wasn’t the start we were after but it isn’t the end of things. We are all at fault. We wanted another result. We must not take anything away from Holland, who were inspired.”
He went on to add the players win and lose as a team. He stated: “When we win, we all win. We don’t highlight anyone in particular and we must change what we didn’t do well. At 1-0 we could’ve made it 2-0 and we didn’t. But the success that this side has comes from lifting itself up from difficult moments.
“We have to self-criticise. We also need to have the same humility that we have always had. Things happen quickly in football and we shouldn’t fill ourselves up with negative energy.”