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Notes & Quotes: November 14, 2018

Ramos doesn’t want to respond to Lovren, Maradona has a Solari prediction and Ceballos reveals reason Solari didn’t start Isco

RC Celta de Vigo v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images

Ramos is not going to answer Lovren’s criticism

Sergio Ramos was asked his thoughts on Dejan Lovren’s comments regarding Ramos, which were made last week. Ramos responded with:

“I’ve said it many times. I don’t know if these things are said out of frustration or for other reasons.”

“I’m not going to answer Lovren or whoever wants to win three front pages or start the news bulletin. Everyone wins things for himself on the pitch.”

Now, obviously, Ramos did technically respond to Lovren, but more passively. It’s pretty clear that he shouldn’t preoccupy himself with what other players or people think about him, and he certainly doesn’t.

Modric defended a Ramos in a press conference himself. He called Ramos both “a great player and a great captain” and also commented that criticism doesn’t affect him.

This is likely the end of this brief saga, unless Lovren decides to respond to Ramos, although Ramos didn’t really say anything here that controversial.

Maradona doesn’t believe Solari will last long as manager

Diego Maradona was interviewed by MARCA, where he talked about the comparison between Argentina’s interim manager Lionel Scaloni and Santiago Solari.

“I would only say that in both cases that they don’t have enough backing for both teams.”

“However, if they were put there then it was because they had the backing of the Argentina federation president and the Real Madrid president, but I don’t think they will be around for long.”

“Coaches have a life span and theirs will not be too long.”

We know that at least contract-wise Solari will be at Real until 2021. After the start he has had, there’s no real reason to doubt him just yet. Most of the doubting was done already as soon as he was hired, which has already been alleviated and is now the permanent manager.

If Solari were to last only a short time, it would be because the club would have hit the absolute rock bottom under him. Right now, the situation could be no more favorable and they are doing perfectly under their new manager.

The interviewers also asked Maradona if he would have liked an opportunity to manage Real Madrid.

“I would have loved it.”

“I have big enough shoulders for it but things didn’t work out that way. Now I am at Dorados and I am happy.”

Ceballos reveals reasoning for why Isco is sitting

Dani Ceballos was interviewed by El Chiringuito and was asked about Isco’s situation at the club.

“He is a player who came from a major injury and went through surgery.”

“With Julen he played two consecutive games and with Solari he said he saw him a bit out of shape, but he is training 100 percent.”

“He knows the importance of managing a dressing room and has the philosophy of Madrid’s values.”

The surgery that Isco had was for appendicitis, which kept him out of action for almost a month. Since Solari has taken over, he hasn’t played that much and has yet to start under his new manager.

This would make sense for the reason why Isco hasn’t been seeing the pitch much as of late. If it’s truly that he hasn’t fully recovered from the surgery to Solari’s liking, it makes sense to get him back close to full health before giving him major minutes again.

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