Ramos: Cristiano Ronaldo is wrong, Real Madrid’s squad not weak

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Pundits and players alike have been searching for the key reason behind Real Madrid’s difficult start to the campaign and Sergio Ramos has dismissed Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim that the summer transfer window harmed the squad.

James Rodriguez, Pepe and Alvaro Morata moved on to pastures new during the window and the Portugal captain had insisted that their experience had not been replaced among the playing staff.

“[Ronaldo] did celebrate Isco’s goals, everyone has a different opinion on that,” stated Ramos during an interview with Cadena SER. “I have known him for a long time and I know his ambition and how sour he can feel when he goes home.

“That may not be the best way to be, but he’s allowed to be that way.

“I don’t care who scores, even if Keylor Navas runs up the pitch and scores. But it is true that Cristiano has a different role and other objectives such as the Ballon d’Or, but he gives us a lot and we can’t be disappointed.

“I don’t agree with him that the squad is weaker, it seems to be an opportunistic opinion. Nobody thought that when we won the Super Cups.

“We aren’t missing anyone, we have won everything with the players that are here now. The squad has changed, but some players contribute some things and others contribute other things.”

Addressing the gap that remains between Barcelona and Real, Ramos was confident that there is plenty of time as the mental and physical pressure ramps up over the course of the season.

“They can be caught,” added the club captain. “Especially given how the league is and the level of the teams that are coming up.

“Every week it gets harder to win so we hope to cut down the gap and recover that consistency. We must also take into account the two matches we have with them, which are worth six points.

“We have dropped important points but there is still a long way to go and we will recover, in front of the goal we will become more fortunate.

“It’s not a physical problem, the stats are there to show that. It’s true that we have had injuries. The lack of clinical finishing can’t be attributed to any one player either, that will come.”

Now on Spain duty, the centre-back was questioned on Gerard Pique’s morale given that controversy, unfairly or otherwise, seems to crop up whenever the Barcelona man pulls on the Roja shirt.

“[Pique] has been very quiet, we don’t know if it will last [laughs],” remarked Ramos. “He knows that anything he says becomes magnified and he’s not comfortable with that.

“Throughout Spain, the fans create a good atmosphere. We have to do everything possible to keep that good atmosphere.”

Speaking of which, Ramos discussed the new shirt and the wave of opinion surrounding a potential hint of purple on the shoulder, which has republican connotations in Spain.

“I like it,” he noted. “After all that has been said, and people are free to give their opinion, it is respectable, but above all, the shirt is secondary to results.

“I remember a very cool white shirt, in which we had two bad results. It was taken off the market. We look for colours with which we feel identified. My favourite colour is purple, but I did not choose it for this shirt [laughs].”