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Ramos: “We had special motivation to go after La Duodecima”

Los Blancos were the first team to win back-to-back Champions League title in the modern era.

Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos talked to UEFA.com three years after the club conquered their 12th Champions League title against Juventus in Cardiff. Ramos believes that this title put Madrid on another level as they were the first team to win back-to-back Champions Leagues in the modern era.

“We knew it was going to be a tough Final against Juventus and we wanted to win our third Champions League title, it was important to establish the team after La Decima and La Undecima, we had special motivation to go after this title,” said Ramos.

The captain reveals that coach Zinedine Zidane delivered an inspiring speech at half-time when the game was 1-1.

“Zidane insisted on trying to dominate and control the game to get the ball away from Juventus so that they weren’t as dangerous. During the first half we didn’t press as much but that was they key on the second half, to recover the ball on their own half and score. It was a very good decision from Coach Zidane. We started to touch the ball more often and be patient and finally achieved what we wanted,” explains Ramos.

That year, Madrid conquered a historic Liga-Champions League double, completing one of the most successful seasons in club history.


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Posted by Managing Madrid on Wednesday, June 3, 2020