Ramos: We have to look to the future

Spains's exit from the Brazil 2014 World Cup came as a shock to the whole World but this is not the first time a defending champion failed to make it to the knockout stage. . The same fate befell Italy in 1950 and 2010, Brazil in 1966 and France in 2002.

Vicente del Bosque and his players looked so dejected following their tournament-ending defeat to Chile at the Maracana, among them Sergio Ramos, who told FIFA.com: “This is a very tough moment for our national team.”

“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.”

Spain arrived in Brazil as one of the favorites hence the shock at their sudden departure, one that Barcelona attacker Pedro could not find the words to explain what went wrong: “It’s hard to explain. We were excited at the prospect of winning this game and carrying on in the competition but it wasn’t meant to be. There’s nothing else for us to do but try to sign off on a high note and then go home.”

“We have to pick ourselves up. It’s tough but we have to look to the future, be positive and try to take Spain back to where it belongs, which is the very top.”

“We’ve got a difficult few days ahead of us, but we’re going to try and finish in the best way we can for ourselves, the fans that have come out here, and for everyone following us at home. We need to show the pride we have in ourselves, even if it’s not really going to mean anything,” said Pedro.

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