Ramos responds to Klopp criticism


Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has hit back at the criticism he received from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Spain international was accused of being overly-physical in the Champions League final, which the La Liga side won 3-1, played in Kiev back in May.

Many onlookers felt that Ramos went too far in the way he tackled Mohamed Salah, who went off injured in the first-half following a challenge with the defender, and Klopp recently spoke out about the incident.

“We are opening that bottle again?” he said last month.

“It is action-reaction-action-reaction and I don’t like that but, if you watch it back and you are not with Real Madrid, then you think it is ruthless and brutal.

“I saw the ref taking charge of big games at the World Cup and nobody really thinks about that later. But in a situation like that somebody needs to judge it better.

“If VAR is coming then it is a situation where you have to look again. Not to give a red card but to look again and say: ‘What is that?’ It was ruthless.

“I’m not sure it is an experience we will have again – go there and put an elbow to the goalkeeper, put their goalscorer down like a wrestler in midfield and then you win the game. That was the story of the game.

“Ramos said a lot of things afterwards that I didn’t like. As a person I didn’t like the reactions of him. He was like: ‘Whatever, what do they want? It’s normal.’ No, it is not normal.

“If you put all of the situations of Ramos together then you will see a lot of situations with Ramos. The year before against Juve he was responsible for the red card for Cuadrado. Nobody talks about that afterwards.

“It is like we, the world out there, accepts that you use each weapon to win the game. People probably expect that I am the same. I am not.”

“We are aggressive but I always use the word ‘legal as well’. Usually if you try something you will get punished. Someone will see it and ban you for four or five weeks.

“But in this example, no one. This ref should have had the courage to decide that game. In this situation we didn’t get it and, if you write this, people will say I am weak or a bad loser or a whiner. I am not. I accept it. It’s not like I wake up in the morning and think: ‘Ramos!’

“In a final you need to have a bit of luck and we didn’t have it. They had luck in different situations and we didn’t. They scored a bicycle kick, come on! We all know Bale can do that but he probably put more balls from that situation in the stands than in the goal.

“If that’s not luck then I don’t know what is. Then the situation around Loris.” he finished.

And now the Real Madrid defender has decided to respond with an accusation that Klopp is a serial loser who is blaming him for being beaten in the final.

“I will not talk more about it.” he said as he prepared to face domestic rivals Atletico Madrid.

“It was part of the game. I didn’t mean to hurt Salah.

“Klopp wants to justify himself for losing. It’s not the first time he’s lost.

“Some of us have been operating at a very high level for many years, not sure he can say the same.

“Let Klopp worry about his own players.

“But I voted for him as one of the best coaches this year.” he finished.

It will come as little consolation to the German as he looks back on his second Champions League final defeat after his Borussia Dortmund side were beaten by Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich in 2013.

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