The aftermath of Real Madrid’s worst week in their 117 year history is upon us; stories of unrest and arguments, coaching rumors, and an overall media frenzy. The latest reports out of Spain, with Cadena Cope, Onda Cero, and Marca all reporting the same, now state that Sergio Ramos has held a team meeting in Valdebebas, without any members of the technical staff, to send a clear message to the team. Ramos explained to the group that there cannot be any let-down, they have to hold up the values of the club and play with dignity. Second place must be the objective and there can be no relaxing ahead of the 12 remaining league matches.
Another one of his messages was in regards to the coaching staff. He asked the team to remain professional and respect the coaching staff and their work with what remains of the season. Those who have not played as much, must continue to row in the same direction or else they can leave. Claims have been made that Sergio raised his voice on multiple occasions and looked to evoke a reaction from a group that is “tocado” (hurt) after losing three titles in one week.
Madrid fans will have their first chance to see how this team reacts on Sunday as they take on Real Valladolid. Rumors around Solari, outbound players, inbound players, mutiny / unrest among the squad— all of it will be at it’s peak levels over the next few months. The true colors and commitment of this squad will almost certainly be revealed over the final phase of this dark season.