Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos published a series of tweets explaining what has happened around the team the last few weeks, after the disappointing defeats to Ajax and Barcelona which all but ended Madrid’s season.
As footballers we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way.— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 11, 2019
Recent events have been disastrous and I’m not hiding. We are not hiding. We the players are primarily responsible and I, as captain, more than anyone. pic.twitter.com/QtooxgoJLY
It’s a bit shocking to see a player explaining his thoughts on Social Media instead of speaking to Real Madrid TV in a regular interview.
Was the yellow card in Amsterdam an error?— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 11, 2019
Absolutely it was an error and I take the blame 200%.
Ramos missed the return leg against Ajax after getting booked in the opening match. The defender admittedly forced a yellow card so that he could play in the Quarterfinals, something which ended up costing the team, who missed his presence all through the return match. Ramos knows it was a mistake and he’s not hiding.
Did you argue with the President in the dressing room?— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 11, 2019
Dressing room issues are discussed and resolved in the dressing room. There's no problem whatsoever and everybody has the same interest: @realmadrid.
Ramos and his family were recording a documentary during the return leg, when he was sitting in a VIP box watching the game. It’s clear that he did not predict the game to go the way it did.
Then, Ramos addresses some reports which suggested that he had an argument with president Florentino Perez.
Did you have a confrontation with Marcelo?— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 11, 2019
We have exchanges in every training session. It's part of working with pressure. But it’s just an anecdote like so many others that happen from day to day. @MarceloM12 is like a brother to me.
Once again, Ramos is addressing rumors published on the Spanish media during the past week. It seems that both reports were accurate although Ramos is not making a big deal out of them.
These reflections are, without doubt, the result of a deeply disappointing season but if success didn’t stop us, we're not going to let defeat stop us. It's our obligation to carry on, to work and to evolve.— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 11, 2019
Ramos is showing his commitment towards the club and his leadership skills will be needed from now on. Furthermore, he shows no interest whatsoever in who will be coaching the team if Solari leaves.
Together we have to work for the future and restore our hope.— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 11, 2019
Madridista Commitment. #HalaMadrid
In the end, Ramos’ statement was a needed one given the lack of communication from the players and the board after such a discouraging week. He’s clearly the leader and main cornerstone of this team.