Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos talked to the press ahead of the team’s Club World Cup Final against Al Ain. The defender was asked many times about whether or not the club is going to appoint Jose Mourinho as the manager now that the Portuguese coach has been sacked by Manchester United.
“We’ve been without Mou for five years and yet we’re still talking about him. We’ve won many things these years and I want to be respectful with [current coach] Solari,” said Ramos. “You’ve got to be respectful with the current coach and the ones we’ve had lately and you’re not being respectful,” added Ramos.
Real Madrid are expected to beat Al Ain but Ramos and the rest of the players will take the game very seriously.
“We’re really looking forward to the game and we have the utmost respect for the opponent, River were favourites, but we saw that the badge alone doesn’t win you anything. Physicality and intensity prevail in football. We know that they have the swede up top, the Brazilian on the left or the Egyptian in the midfield. Football is much more even these days and we’ll go out knowing that it will be a very difficult match,” added the defender.
The reporters also wanted to know what Ramos thinks about Isco’s role.
“He’s still another player in the squad, the good thing about football is the competition for places and it’s so high that there are players like Ceballos, who in other seasons hasn’t played so much, is playing a lot…A lot is expected of Isco and we all want to play, although at a club like Real Madrid it’s more difficult,” concluded Ramos.