Ramos: I’d rather lose a friendly

Sergio Ramos admits defeat to Georgia is a ‘wake-up call’ for Spain ahead of Euro 2016 but he’d ‘rather lose a friendly’ than a competitive game.

La Roja were stunned by Georgia at Getafe on Tuesday night, losing 1-0, less than a week before they begin the defence of their European crown, against the Czech Republic on June 13.

“We can use this defeat to learn. It’s a bit of a wake-up call. We have to use it, but it’s better to be stung [on Tuesday] than on Monday,” he argued, AS reports.

“We’re very excited, we have to defend the trophy and we will give our maximum. I don’t think people have been discouraged by yesterday’s game, but it’s clear we have to return the affection and trust shown in us.

“There were words of encouragement after the defeat. Georgia won despite the 20,000 chances we created, but we couldn’t take any of them. They didn’t create any chances apart from the goal. We did good things. We have a week to work and to get into the best form possible.”

Ramos was also asked about the choice facing Vicente del Bosque in goal – Iker Casillas, the captain and most experienced player, or David De Gea, the in-form goalkeeper who started against Georgia.

“The debate will go on forever. It’s not just Iker or De Gea. Competition is good because it makes us better, but the Coach will decide,” the Real Madrid skipper flat-batted.

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