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Notes & Quotes: November 18, 2018

The Ramos-Lovren saga continues with Croatia’s manager and Van Dijk stepping in, Vinicius praises Solari

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Croatia’s manager Dalic to speak with Lovren personally over Ramos and Spain feud

Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic was interviewed prior to their match with England. He was asked about Dejan Lovren’s comments regarding the Spanish National Team and Sergio Ramos.

“I will talk personally with Dejan but that will stay between us in the squad.”

“I do not want to speak publicly about it.”

Dalic’s side went on to lose 2-1 to England at Wembley. Croatia have now been relegated to League B of the Nations League. I would think Dalic should be more concerned with what happens next instead of what Lovren has to say.

This whole feud started back up when Lovren took to Instagram after Croatia defeated Spain and proceeded to insult the Spanish team and said he “killed Ramos with his elbow.”

This whole situation is turning into a reality show. While it is pretty comical, especially seeing how much Ramos is living rent-free in Liverpool and Lovren’s head, it’s becoming a bit petty from the Liverpool side. Bit hypocritical to constantly whine about the Salah injury and then cheer on Lovren for elbowing someone in the back of the head.

Luka Modric is somewhat stuck between two of his teammates and he can’t really come out and defend either if he wanted to. I’m certain Ramos does not care, he’s probably having quite a bit of fun with this in actuality.

Van Dijk the latest Liverpool player to knock Ramos and Real Madrid

Continuing this drama, Virgil Van Dijk has now made his opinions known about Sergio Ramos and that wonderful night in Kyiv in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

“He is a great player and I respect what he has achieved but he is not the best, he is not my type of central defender.”

“Ramos’ teammate at Real Madrid, Raphael Varane, is my favourite. He is an excellent defender and has already won a lot.”

“I do not know if it was deliberate but mentally something changed when Salah came off.”

“Suddenly, Marcelo, Benzema and Ronaldo all ganged up against Trent’s side and left the entire right side. With Salah they never dared to do that.”

”The match could have been different.”

“I sometimes think about the match but I hope to be in the final again and on the right side of the score.”

Van Dijk isn’t really being that insulting here. He realizes what Ramos has accomplished but he is not his preference for a defender and then he went on to praise Varane. What is a bit petty is the second part of his interview where he talks about how Real “ganged up” on Alexander-Arnold is a bit rich.

Salah going off certainly hurt Liverpool, but the three players Van Dijk mentions would not have been afraid to do the exact same thing if Salah had been on the length of the match. Marcelo constantly attacks even when they Real play against Messi, wouldn’t think he’s afraid of many players after him.

Ramos has since hit back saying “if some people benefit from talking about me, great. But they should be known for what they do in their profession and not for talking about others.”

Vinicius praises Solari for helping him and selecting him for first team action

Vinicius was interviewed by MARCA recently where he praised Santiago Solari and talks about how being selected for the first team has helped his game mentally.

“Solari has always helped me since I arrived in Madrid.”

”Thanks to him, I have a clear mind and I concentrate only on the game. That’s what he has done with me in the first team, and I’m happy.”

One key difference between Lopetegui and Solari, at least from Vinicius’ perspective, is that Solari has entrusted the 18-year-old to not only get minutes on the pitch, but also to start in some matches.

Vinicius has done well in the matches he’s been featured in under Solari. We’ve seen how highly several Brazilian legends have regarded Vinicius and it appears Solari has some sort of similar respect for the youngster. The more he plays, the better idea we’ll have about just how much potential he truly has.

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