Sergio Ramos joined Diego Alonso for the official Champions League press conference ahead of tomorrow's home group-stage match against PSV Eindhoven. He started by saying "tomorrow is a great opportunity, it is a crucial match. This is not the time to dwell on our form, we need to learn our lessons and move on. We have worked very hard in training and we are fully focused on developing, improving and fine-tuning the details. This is a special competition and it's a great opportunity for us to do something memorable against a team that we know very well. We'll have to be clinical in front of goal and bring our A-game to give the fans something to cheer about."
"Football is a funny game, sometimes you lose having played well and other times you play badly but still scrape a victory. Nothing is ever certain and the little details make all the difference. Ever since the new coach arrived we have worked very hard to adapt to his philosophy. We've done a lot of things well, building a base to play from, but it takes time. Little by little we are all getting to know each other better, understanding each other as footballers. But we've also made mistakes which is reflected by the results. We will always keep our heads up and fight to make up for it."
"The more difficult the situation the more united we will be and we need the fans more than ever"
The centre-back continued by highlighting the desire to turn the team's current fortunes around: "We all want to start winning as soon as possible, my family and friends included. So of course, I understand the supporters' frustration. The more difficult the situation the more united we will be, including with the fans. We need them. We are stronger when we stick together, especially in tough times. We are desperate to start winning games for the fans and giving them what they deserve."
"The coach knows that the team will go to war for him, there's not a shadow of a doubt. We will fight to the death for him and hopefully he's here with us for a long time. We trust him, he exudes an air of positivity and has a clear plan that will get the best out of us. Football is a results business and sometimes people forget the nuances, but we have to look understand the context of the current situation," added Ramos when asked about Diego Alonso.
"The only option is to do our talking on the pitch. Now we have a new challenge in the Champions League. We have to start winning tomorrow and then move onto the next game. We, as a club, have so much experience of doing it in the biggest games in the UEFA Europa League and now it's time to deliver in the Champions League," the defender rounded off.