Sergio Ramos played in Real Madrid's midfield three times this season: Against Atlético in the return leg of the Quarterfinals, in Sevilla and also when Real visited Turin last week. It worked out well for the first two games, but the experiment became something terrible against Juventus. Ramos missed every pass and didn't even provide the work-rate everybody was expecting, getting destroyed by Arturo Vidal.
Spanish journalist Eduardio Inda reported during last night's Chiringuito de Jugones that Real Madrid's board did not like this new gameplan built by Ancelotti:
The board is angry with Ancelotti because of this experiment, but Florentino Pérez isn't the one who's upset the most, that person is Sergio Ramos. They think this was a huge mistake, Ramos is one of the three best center-backs in the world. It was politics, all three defenders had to play.
With Modric still out and the Kroos-James-Isco midfield being a bit too light to match up against Juventus, will Ancelotti deploy Ramos in the midfield once again?