By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 14/06/18 8:11pm
Sergio Ramos insists there are no cracks in the Spain camp after their shock managerial change on the eve of the tournament, urging his team-mates to move on quickly.
The 2010 winners open their World Cup against Portugal in Sochi on Friday just days after head coach Julen Lopetegui was sacked for agreeing to become the next Real Madrid boss.
Spain great Fernando Hierro has taken over and Ramos insists they will not change their plan for the tournament simply because “there is no time”.
“We need to move on as soon as possible. These have not been pleasant times at all,” he said.
“For me, personally, it was a more delicate moment but I can assure you that these problems provide an opportunity to grow.
“Julen has been part of all the preparations for this World Cup. (But) Spain needs to come before any individual. As soon as possible, let’s move on from this and focus on the World Cup. That is better for everyone.
“There are no cracks. We are all individuals and we all think differently, but the collective idea is the same. We are here to go for the World Cup.
“The reality is that we will change little, we don’t have time. We have clear ideas and we are not going to change our concept of how to play football one jot.”
Spain are one of the favourites despite the change and some controversial omissions from the squad by Lopetegui, including the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso. They also face Iran and Morocco in Group B.