Sergio Ramos is eyeing “more history” with Spain at Euro 2016 but has distanced his country from talk that they are among the favourites for the trophy.
Spain are vying to become the first team ever to win three straight European Championships, and Ramos – who arrives in France on the back of lifting a second Champions League with Real Madrid – says his teammates are “raring to go”.
“I really want us to start well and spend the next few days preparing so that we can have another good [European Championship],” the defender told the Spanish media, AS reports.
“We must defend our trophy and play with great enthusiasm so we can have a good tournament.
“I’m looking forward to making more history because we have a great team and whenever there is a tournament of this stature, you become more motivated.
“We’ve become spoiled from winning so much, but you can also lose. There are some great teams and they’ve shown [their quality], so you always have to play with the utmost humility.
“When you lose and go through slumps, you must learn from them. This team, after major changes from the World Cup in Brazil, are raring to go for the Euros.
“Favourites aren’t a matter of the press or anyone. We’ve never liked favouritism and it doesn’t suit us. We’ll go step by step and we’ll see.
“[On Isco’s absence], I have special affection for him, not only because he’s my teammate but also as he’s a great friend.
“I would’ve liked to have been here with him, but there is a lot of competition and very good players here and sometimes you have to experience bitter moments like these.
“I see Croatia as a very complete national team in every aspect and there’s always a surprise package who are underdogs but arrive when it matters.
“Now we have to analyse our rivals. It’s been an unforgettable week but I have to change my mindset, plus think about the national team and having a good championship.”