Ramos admits to Georgia ignorance

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos believes Georgia's defensive tactics prevented Spain from recording a more convincing victory in their World Cup qualifier fixture.

Football News: Sergio Ramos

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

The defending champions were expected to cruise to an easy win in their opening Group I fixture against Georgia, but were forced to rely on an 86th minute goal by Valencia's Roberto Soldado to pick up three points.

Speaking to Telecino after the match, Ramos admitted that La Roja knew very little about their opponents, ranked 85 places below them, prior to the game, and almost paid the price for being unprepared.

"We didn't know how Georgia would play. We saw their defensive attitude and that made it very difficult for us. Besides, the pitch did not help our style of play," he explained.

"[I was] not at all [surprised by Georgia's tactics]. When a team respect you, this is what happens. But we can't live in the past, we have to keep ahead and keep on winning."

The hero of the night, Soldado, echoed his compatriot and revealed his frustration at playing against a team whose only aim was to defend.

"It was a hard-worked victory against a team that gave us the ball and they got all [their] people in their area, we have had many chances to score, but the important thing is to get the few we have had and fortunately we did," Soldado said.

"It was frustrating because in the penalty area I was continually surrounded and there was little space to move. So I had to move myself as simply as I could to score."

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