Ramos ‘not aware’ at be­ing booed by Bern­abeu fans vs. Val­ladolid

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Ser­gio Ramos’ ev­ery touch was jeered by Real Madrid fans dur­ing the open­ing ex­changes dur­ing his side’s 2-0 vic­tory over Val­ladolid -- but the Bern­abeu skip­per said he was not aware of any boo­ing.

Ramos was one of num­ber of Madrid play­ers tar­geted by the home fans fol­low­ing a dif­fi­cult week in which they were beaten 5-1 by Barcelona in El Cla­sico and saw Julen Lopetegui sacked as man­ager.

Speak­ing af­ter the nar­row vic­tory, Ramos claimed not to have heard whis­tles aimed in his di­rec­tion and noted the more pos­i­tive at­mos­phere in the sta­dium at the end of the game.

“I hon­estly did not no­tice that, but those of us who are here the long­est must take on this role,” Ramos told BeIN Sports. “And as cap­tain I am proud that they fill my ruck­sack with stones and to have to pull from the front.

“My pride is what has got me where I am to­day, and beat­ing all the records I have beaten. We un­der­stand how the fans feel. We are the ones who must change this, and af­ter the goal it seemed like the Bern­abeu lifted again. With more re­sults we will get back the con­fi­dence of the fans in a team which has won a lot.”

Gareth Bale was also jeered when he was sub­sti­tuted with the score at 0-0. New boss San­ti­ago So­lari de­fended his play­ers, how­ever, and said they were hurt­ing just as much as the sup­port­ers.

“This team has great pro­fes­sion­als with a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence,” So­lari said. “Ob­vi­ously there are dif­fi­cult mo­ments, with 80,000 peo­ple, and you feel what they are think­ing.

“But it is im­por­tant for this group that have won so much to have the fans with them. The play­ers did great to­day, had pa­tience and did not lose their or­gan­i­sa­tion. And in the end we got the vic­tory.

“It is al­ways like that in foot­ball -- it is about spirit, con­fi­dence, and af­ter the first goal the dy­namic changed.”

Madrid once again strug­gled with both goals com­ing in­side the fi­nal seven min­utes through a Kiko Olivas own goal and a penalty by Ramos.

The in­tro­duc­tion of 18-year-old Vini­cius Ju­nior was greeted with loud cheers by the crowd, with the Brazil­ian for­ward tak­ing the am­bi­tious shot which was go­ing well wide be­fore hit­ting Olivas and bounc­ing into the net for the open­ing goal.

“I told [Vini­cius he was] go­ing on to be brave and take peo­ple on; and not for­get his de­fen­sive du­ties -- but above all to go for it,” So­lari said. “It is good if the fans get ex­cited about what a player he can be.

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