Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has accepted responsibility for their recent setbacks and discussed his reported row with Florentino Perez along with Santiago Solari’s future.
Despite grabbing a welcome 4-1 La Liga win at Real Valladolid on Sunday night, Real’s troubles are far from over amid a disappointing run of results that have seen them being eliminated from the Copa del Rey and Champions League.
It means the FIFA Club World Cup champions are all but set to fail to land any major silverware come the end of the season with rivals Barcelona sitting 12 points above in the league standings.
Now, in a series of questions he posed to himself on social media, Ramos has reflected on Los Blancos’ recent run of results.
“As footballers, we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way,” Ramos wrote on Twitter.
“Recent events have been disastrous and I’m not hiding. We are not hiding. We the players are primarily responsible and I, as captain, more than anyone.”
Manager Solari’s future has been in heavy doubt in the past few weeks despite only taking charge of the 13-time European champions in October.
The Argentian has vowed to continue giving it his all, despite growing speculation that former managers Zinedine Zidane and Jose Mourinho will replace him in the summer.
Solari’s future, Ramos said: “It’s a decision that’s not ours to make and in which we never interfere. We have enormous respect for the position and we always support the Real Madrid coach.
“These reflections are, without doubt, the result of a deeply disappointing season but if success didn’t stop us, we’re not going to let defeat stop us. It’s our obligation to carry on, to work and to evolve.”
Spanish newspaper Diario AS made the stunning claim last week that Ramos had got involved in a heated dispute with president Perez after Real’s shocking Champions League last-16 exit at the hands of Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“Did you argue with the President in the dressing room? Dressing room issues are discussed and resolved in the dressing room,” Ramos wrote.
“There’s no problem whatsoever and everybody has the same interest: Real Madrid.”
But the Spanish centre-back accepted he was wrong to get a yellow card in the first leg against Ajax and reacted after he was pictured filming a documentary during last week’s Champions League exit instead of routing for his team.
“Was the yellow card in Amsterdam an error? Absolutely it was an error and I take the blame 200 per cent,” Ramos wrote.
“Why did you record the documentary? There are certain commitments made and it never remotely went through my head that the game could have turned out as it did. The recording itself was scaled down as the game went on.”
As footballers we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way.
Recent events have been disastrous and I’m not hiding. We are not hiding. We the players are primarily responsible and I, as captain, more than anyone. pic.twitter.com/QtooxgoJLY
— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) March 11, 2019