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Real Madrid will struggle without Ramos against City, says Capello

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The former Real Madrid manager expects a struggle without captain Sergio Ramos in the upcoming Champions League clash against Manchester City.

No Ramos, a 2-1 aggregate deficit, and two away goals show what a task Real Madrid have ahead of them at the Etihad Stadium to progress past the last-16 stage of the Champions League.

Losing Ramos, in particular, was a very costly blow following his red card in the 86th-minute of the first leg defeat against City. He’ll instead sit it out as his teammates try to pull off an epic comeback in Manchester.

But Pep Guardiola’s side are no pushovers, with talented stars like Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling ready to expose any potential openings on Friday night. Therefore, Capello expects trouble for his old club.

“I thought in the last two games that they played before the end of the season, Manchester City were on the top of their form,” he told Laureus.

“They are really dangerous when they go forward. In the past, I thought [Pep] Guardiola has made some tactical faults in midfield, but now, when they lose the ball, they try to recover it.

“The problem when you play City is how well can you defend against them?

“So I think, for me, I prefer Man City, because without Sergio Ramos, when you have to defend against City going forward, it will be difficult for Real.”

On if there is any hope of a comeback at all for Real Madrid, Capello said: “It’s possible because, for Real Madrid, it’s normal to play this kind of game.

“The pressure will help Real Madrid. They finished the LaLiga season brilliantly and they won the title.

“But I think they have one important problem. Without Sergio Ramos, when you have to defend, it will be really difficult.

“Sergio Ramos is the captain, is the leader in the dressing room, he’s the leader on the pitch. The personality of this player is really important for all the players.”

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