"It was our first World Cup game and we wanted it to be ideal", said the Spaniard, who was also keen to praise the opposition.
The Manchester City defender has not played since suffering the injury in a friendly against Portugal two weeks ago, and he is not expected to be available again before the final group game against England in Kaliningrad on June 28.
- Panama, a country of four million living around the Canal which links the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, has never before qualified for the World Cup finals; people have always been more interested in baseball. And when asked if Panama could repeat Iceland's upset against Argentina - the teams drew 1-1 on Saturday - the Colombian didn't bother picking the right words when downplaying the Argentine squad.
"Getting to the World Cup was a great result for Panama". The task Monday may be daunting, but memorable for an entire country.
"We didn't want to win it in the first five minutes, in the World Cup we understand that we need to play for 90 minutes". It would be sad that players get kicked off. "This is my fifth World Cup and it felt like it was the first one". With the meeting with Panama looming, the Spaniard is set to be without Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen through injury.
Despite being unable to stay for all three of Panama's Group G matches, Varela, who last week met with Vladimir Putin, said he has already formed an impression of the host country.
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The match is at 6 p.m. (11 a.m. EDT; 1500 GMT) at Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi. Andersson said it was a misunderstanding and downplayed any potential harm. Now they must continue their form to survive the group stage against Germany and Mexico.
The Man of the Match in these games will receive ratings boost on Federation Internationale de Football Association 18's World Cup Ultimate Team mode, so RealSport predicts which men are most likely to pick up the prize. The team didn't win at all in 2014 and angry fans threw candy at the team when it returned home. "The way we play depends on our attitude as a team", he explained.
Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul said he didn't feel them because he was "so focused on the team, on the game". The weakness of the group has increased pressure on England to make it to the knockout stage, which it failed to do in 2014 against opponents Italy, Uruguay and eventual group victor Costa Rica.
"I'm like, "Thierry, have you seen the Fortuna Düsseldorf setup, though?" Tunisia will pay $10 for the win.
The Belgian striker, who will lead the line against Panama, said: "I remember the exact moment I knew we were broke". We also saw the importance of Thibaut Courtois today.
"My worry is that maybe in one of those tackles, we are going to lose the opportunity to enjoy the quality of a player like Eden Hazard".
Today's media focus remains firmly fixed on Russian Federation 2018 where, of course, England open their World Cup campaign later today with several of the favourites having made poor starts to the tournament.