Sergio Ramos has offered support to coach Julen Lopetegui after Real Madrid suffered their third defeat in four games agaisnt Alavés.
Sergio Ramos spoke in the mixed zone after Real Madrid’s disastrous defeat to Alavés this Saturday evening. Three defeats in the last four games and the worst goal drought since 1985 will prompt some to question the viability of the Julen Lopetegui project. The Madrid captain acknowledged that Los Blancos were going through a bad patch, but also offered a message of support to under-fire Lopetegui, saying “it would be crazy change” coach.
A long way to go: "It's true that it was a hard blow, you never expect a defeat and today, after a good performance by the team, where we have dominated almost the entire match, the occasion has condemned us. We have missed a chance to score. We have to turn the page; there is a long way to go.”
Would it be crazy to fire Lopetegui? “Others make those decisions; it is not the responsibility of the players. As a team it is never good to have a change of coach, it is not in our hands. The team is fighting for the top position. You have to keep your feet on the ground, be calm and try to change this streak.”
Criticism: "Those who write off Madrid are wrong. We are going to be there, fighting to the death. It is in our DNA. We are the first ones that are screwed by this bad run. I hope we can change it as soon as possible.”
Would a change in the dugout be a solution? "Everyone will have a different opinion. There are times when a change has been a good thing and other times when it has not. You never know, it is too early to talk about a change of coach. That decision is not in the hands of the players, there are others who must decide that.”
What is lacking? "Football is about results and we are lacking results. Perhaps because of Cristiano's departure, now there is talk of a crisis, but we have also experienced a crisis with Cristiano. We are where we are. We have to fix this situation ourselves. We will definitely fight for goals and the goal will come.”
Is there self-criticism in the dressing room? "Yes, yes. In the end, the honest footballer lives with self-criticism. We are the first ones to criticize ourselves. It is everyone’s problem. That is why it is important that as a team we don’t single out anybody. We are all aware of the reality and we are the ones that have to change it."