March 27, 2009

Spain and Real Madrid defender, Sergio Ramos, believes that the national team must still prove themselves on a daily basis despite winning Euro 2008 last summer and climbing to the very top of the FIFA World rankings.

La Furia Roja will also take a 29-game undefeated run into Saturday's World Cup qualifying encounter with Turkey at Ramos' home ground, the Santiago Bernabeu, but the Blanco warned against any complacency.

"We have a tremendous level of confidence in the team and people enjoy watching us play, but we cannot be cocky or conceited because we can't live in the past. We have to demonstrate everyday [how good we are]," he said during a pre-match press call.

The 22-year-old then went on to analyse Spain's journey in Group 5 of the UEFA World Cup qualifying zone and their opponents this Saturday and next Wednesday, Turkey.

"We have a complicated group and we have to take things step by step and focus only on our immediate opponents," he stressed.

"For the last few days, we have noticed that Turkey are a very compact and aggressive side in midfield. But in attack, they also have players with a lot of pace, like Nihat.

"We will have to be very focused in defence if we want to keep a clean sheet," he added.

Finally, Ramos was asked to comment on the latest developments at Real Madrid, especially regarding the reports that Ramon Calderon could run for the upcoming presidential elections.

"I restrict myself to comment only about the Seleccion. What you read in the press will always surprise you, but we only think about our own work and not to make any comments," he concluded. --

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