Spain's Sergio Ramos heads Fernando Hierro has "a light conscience" after Mohamed Salah's foul

SOCHI, Russia – Sergio Ramos has given Spanish new coach Fernando Hierro a clear vote of confidence ahead of his opening victory against Portugal in Sochi on Friday, before adding that he has a "light conscience" over Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in the championship because of his foul League Final Last Month

The sensational dismissal of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup, after announcing that he would leave the tournament after the tournament at Real Madrid, sent shockwaves through the Spanish camp Wednesday [19659002] The Spanish players were reportedly opposed to dismissing Lopetegui and replacing him with Hierro, who served as sporting director of the football association's club, but there were no signs of dissent at the media conference on Thursday.

"There are few people better qualified than Fernando Hierro to cover Lopetegui's departure," Spain's Captain Ramos told reporters. "He was an outstanding player whom we all admired for a long time and he knows us very well."

"He is one of the most perfect candidates to occupy this post, and I hope this will be a team that has the same dreams and ambitions as before and that will not affect us in any way."

The Defender of Real Madrid admitted that the removal of Lopetegui disturbed the players, but that the players like to leave it behind The tournament begins.

"These were not pleasant times, Julen Lopetegui was part of this effort, he helped us to qualify, but apart from personal problems, the Spanish side is more important and the sooner we focus on the World Cup, the better." Better for everyone, "he said.

Compared to his Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo, Ramos accepts that the Spaniards have a tough task against European champions Portugal, but he said he was delighted to be captain under such difficult circumstances. 19659002] carry my country, my team and there a very few things that are as big as these.I think football teaches us in difficult situations, and I think that's a chance for us to grow, "he said.

"We need to focus on the same common goal and nothing will change in that regard."

The 32-year-old grinned about his triumphant victory and the incident in the Champions League final, with Egyptian striker Salah following suit a fight with Ramos suffered a shoulder injury. 19659002] "I sleep very well at night, I have a very good conscience," he said.

Meanwhile, Hierro emphasized the importance of calm and continuity with Lopetegui, which is now out of the picture.

"We are not deviating from our footballing concepts and what we have been doing for a long time," said former Spanish defender Hierro.

"You will see the Spanish team you are used to, the Spanish squad that likes to be the protagonist of the game, who plays well, and we have a very clear strategy in mind.

" We have one very clear goal in mind, we have worked two solid weeks before the competition.

"We still have a lot of coaching staff from before, we have We will not change those principles overnight."

Flanked by Ramos, the relaxed Hierro, who was once the national team captain, seemed to have been left behind by the turmoil of the last 36 hours He emphasized that with him at the wheel will change little.

"We must respect the work that has been done in the last two weeks in advance," said the 50-year-old. 19659002] "We respect the European Champion [Portugal] we know that you have one of the best players in Ronaldo and a coach with experience, but we fully trust our boys."

Describing their Group B games as "three finals", Hierro said that all 23 players would have to give their all if Spain were successful in Russia.

"In order to win this game, we have to do our homework, knowing that we are fully fit and well prepared there, the last two weeks have been very intense, but we have a clear idea of ​​what we will achieve tomorrow want, "he explained.

Even if he wanted to, Hierro will hardly have time to change the Spanish style before the first game.

"It's true, we do not have much time to work with it, so we will not change that much," Hierro said.

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