Ramos on penalty duties and big clashes ahead

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 22: Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Final between Al Ain and Real Madrid at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos claims he is enjoying the penalty duties after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Following the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, the Los Blancos skipper has taken over spot-kick duties and has dispatched them expertly in the process.

The Spanish defender has already scored 10 goals this season – equalling his personal best in a campaign.

And he went on to confirm he was enjoying the role while adding he never wanted to offend when he opts for the ‘Panenka’ from the spot.

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“I’ve taken on the role after Cristiano’s departure and I’m delighted to do so,” Ramos told Antena 3 and cited on FourFourTwo.

“It [the ‘Panenka’] is a way to take them, but I never want to offend a colleague.”

Madrid are bracing up for a crucial week in their campaign as they navigate a Copa del Rey semi-final and league clash against Barcelona, a meeting with Atletico Madrid and Champions League tie against Ajax.

Ramos confirmed it would be a huge month for Madrid, who are third in LaLiga and eight points adrift League leaders Barca.

“We are facing Barcelona, who are the leaders in LaLiga, and our rivals in the cup,” he said.

“We also have the derby with Atletico in LaLiga.”

The first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Barcelona is on Wednesday.