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Luis Enrique: "Ramos has enough experience to handle his personal issues"

Spain must beat Germany tomorrow to book their place in the Nations League Final Four and coach Luis Enrique says he prefers it that way.

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Luis Enrique: "Ramos has enough experience to handle his personal issues"
MIGUEL MORENATTI DIARIO AS

Luis Enrique faced the media ahead of tomorrow's make-or-break meeting with Germany in Seville - a game his team must win to book their place at next year's Nations League finals.

Realising a Switzerland player had been sent off: "It couldn't be further from the truth. I heard the first part of the question but not the second part. I didn't hear it - and nor did Pablo, that's all".

Sergio Ramos: "I don't know if Sergio Ramos is the best penalty taker in the world. What I do is what every coach does, and that is to defend my players. This is the national team and we are subject to criticism. Sergio's career has been astonishing, there is no doubt about that at all. Ramos has more than enough experience to handle his personal situation - dealing with contract renewals is something that every player has to do during their professional lives and he knows how to manage that".

Busquets: "I really appreciate Busquets, who has stayed with us even though he could have returned home. He can't play tomorrow, but he's decided to stay rather than leave - in spite of ur insistence - that says a little about the atmosphere among the squad".

Contract renewals: "If any players have sufficient experience in dealing with their personal issues it's Ramos, Busquets, Koke... the older players. Ramos seems the same to me now as he did on our first day with the national team, with the same drive and determination to win".

Pressure: "What Sergio Ramos is going through is perfectly normal - it's what you expect with a player of his profile, big name players. They have to deal with issues all the time - one thing or another, its normal. For a national team coach at this level, you need to accept that it's part of the game".

De Gea: "I have already decided on the goalkeeper, providing nothing untoward happens in training. I won't announce who will be in goal until an hour and a half before kick-off. I don't know what will happen in the future - I'd love to have several options in goal. I just think that goalkeepers need to be ready to help out on and off the field - just like all of the other players".

Germany: "The idea is the same, give or take a few details. When we played them in Germany, we set out to win the game and we are up against one of the strongest national teams in the world. It's almost better for us that we have to beat them, at least we know that is the only outcome that will suit us. That means pressing in their half, pressing as soon as we lose the ball,  and linking up well. After that, we'll try to be effective in front of goal".