Spain defender Sergio Ramos felt that his side showed real signs of promise in their opening 1-1 draw against Italy, as the champions seek to defend their title.
Vicente Del Bosque’s side bounced back from going a goal behind to substitute Antonio Di Natale’s strike, finding an immediate equaliser through Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas playing in an unfamiliar attacking role.
Speaking after the match, the centre-back stated that Spain can take great pride in their comeback, and dismissed the idea that the players were distracted by rumoured bad blood between Real Madrid and Barcelona players.
"[Spain] went from strength to strength,” he told reporters.
“We found the game complicated at first, but in the second half we created more space and improved in front of goal.
"When it comes to these kind of moments, we are professionals and have to shake off [any off-field issues]. “
Ramos was also keen to praise their opponents, and feels that the Azzurri could go far in the tournament.
“We played against a great Italy side that came to attack us, to press us, and they have players who can make the difference,” he said.
“They are going to be an important team.”