Ramos: Ronaldo is not here anymore



Following Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat away to Alaves, Sergio Ramos insisted that any talk of sacking coach Julen Lopetegui was madness.

The former Porto tactician is off to the worst start of any coach during Florentino Perez’s tenure, having already lost four games.

In addition, Real Madrid have now gone over six hours without scoring, leading to some pondering whether a change of coach should be considered.

“Sometimes it is better to change coach and sometimes it isn’t, but it is too early talk about that and it is not a decision that is in the hands of the players,” said the captain after the loss.

“Other people make those decisions, but it is never good to have a coaching change, it would be crazy.

“We are the first to know that we can do more to improve and that’s what we want to do, we are all aware of it.

“Anyone who writes Real Madrid off will be wrong in the long run.

“Patience.”

Ramos also bristled at suggestions that the players perhaps aren’t as fired up at the moment and believes that the Cristiano Ronaldo effect, or lack of it, is not an issue that can be considered.

“There are fans who think that we don’t care, but it is quite the opposite, as we are the first who want to bring them joy and writing us off would be a very big mistake,” he added.

“Maybe now people are talking about Cristiano Ronaldo more because he isn’t here anymore.

“But remember we also had a goal crisis when he was here and the goals will come back.”

The international break now means that Los Blancos will have two weeks to try to solve their problems.