Spain Relationship with Spain colleague Pique is ‘very good’, says Ramos Rob Lancaster 04:16 10/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Claudio Villa/Getty Images Spain Spain v Albania Albania WC Qualification Europe Sergio Ramos Julen Lopetegui’s Roja host Albania on Friday before travelling to Israel for their final World Cup qualifying game in Group G Sergio Ramos insists the Spain squad are united in the goal of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup – and has backed up Gerard Pique’s comments about the pair’s “very good” relationship.Ahead of Friday’s qualifier against Albania, the Real Madrid defender spoke about a difficult week for his country following the violence at the Catalan independence referendum last Sunday.However, while airing his belief that sport and politics shouldn’t mix, Ramos hopes the country can now come together to cheer on the national team, as they bid to maintain top spot in Group G and secure a place in Russia next year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Julen Lopetegui’s side sit three points clear of nearest rivals Italy in the standings, with their home tie against Albania followed by a trip to Israel on Monday.”It is a mistake to mix politics and sport. It has not been an easy week – we must focus on Albania,” Ramos told the media.”We have all been united by the goal of the Albania game and to go one step further for the World Cup.”It would be my fourth World Cup and it is something that fills me with pride, like being here, in every game, in every training session with Spain.”¡Qué pasada es entrenar en el Rico Pérez! #SEFlive pic.twitter.com/U4blsJds6a— Selección Española (@SeFutbol) October 5, 2017Ramos was also asked about Pique, who declared his continued commitment to the national team on Wednesday despite being booed by supporters during an open training session earlier in the week.There was speculation the central-defensive pairing had fallen out over a tweet Barcelona’s Pique posted in support of the controversial vote in Catalonia, but Spain’s captain dismissed the idea of a rift.”We have a very good relationship even though we think differently. There should not be any problem between us,” Ramos said.
Girona’s coaching staff tries to maintain daily contact with its staff. And the positive messages are not lacking in each of the conversations that are held so that the confinement is as bearable as possible. This Friday night, the rojiblanco club wanted to show an extract of the speech that the coach, Pep Lluís Martí, made in the last hours to his players and other members of its coaching staff and has not hesitated to brand it as “positive energy to keep going“In the video call that Martí maintains with his players and assistants, he is sincere and tries to be as empathetic as possible. He does not hide that it is not being easy for him to spend so many days without being able to lead any session at La Vinya, but he thanks all his team and the footballers for the effort they are making. With a “let’s go to the trouble. I’ll tell you”, Martí wanted to be concise at the time of ask your group for an “effort”: “I imagine that this situation is not pleasant for any of us and I know that it is difficult to deal with. Especially due to the uncertainty, not only in the professional aspect but also in the staff, for you and your families. It is complicated, but we have no other option, as I always tell you, than to adapt to the situation. Is not easy, for me it is not, I will not cheat you. But this that we are experiencing we must try to carry out in the best possible way because it is the only one that will make us go forward. I want to ask you for the effort that you continue to maintain what you are doing. Do not lower your arms at any time and be prepared and aware that when this begins we must all be one hundred percent“ There is complete confidence in the group and hence there is no doubt that all the members of the Girona group are following the individualized training guidelines set. Caring for food is essential and maintaining the routine, too. Hence, before 10:00 all players must be active. That the state of mind of the group does not decline is vital for Martí and that is that in the Girona entity there are hopes that they will compete again this season because the objective pursued is none other than to return to the First Division.