Ramos Admits Turbulent Times as World Cup Holders Crash Out

Spain defender Sergio Ramos apologises to the European nation, after his side were dealt a World Cup defence-ending punch by Chile at the Maracana stadium on Wednesday.

The 2010 champions lost 2-0 to South American prospects Chile in Rio de Janeiro, less than a week after their 5-1 routing by the Netherlands.

The Real Madrid defence ace played in those two matches and concedes ‘La Roja Furia’ has had a disappointing campaign in Brazil, but adds the current generation of players can still reclaim their dominance on the world stage.

“Excuses are for losers,” he told Spanish media AS.

Sergio Ramos and Pedro Speechless After Spain's Exit from the World Cup. Getty Image.
Sergio Ramos and Pedro Speechless After Spain’s Exit from the World Cup. Getty Image.

“Please continue to have confidence because this team deserves respect after these years,” he added.

Spain became the fifth nation to lose out of the group stage in the defence of the world title. Italy in 1950 and 2010, Brazil in 1966 and France in 2002 all failed to go beyond the group stages four years after winning the World Cup.

But the 2008 and 2012 European champions have now conceded seven goals in Brazil, scoring just one from the penalty spot.

They face Australia on Monday in a dead rubber game at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba.

He told Fifa.com: : “I don’t want to say that because this is the same team that became champions of the world and Europe. We’ve made history in our country and you can’t forget that.”

“This is a very tough moment for our national team.”

Captain Iker Casillas, who made numerous mistake in both games, was short of words after Wednesday night’s loss to Chile.

Casillas said: “We ask people’s forgiveness. We are responsible but also the first ones to feel the pain.”