As away matches in the Champions League go, facing Borussia Dortmund is one of the harder tasks, but Real Madrid emerged victorious on Tuesday evening and Sergio Ramos confirmed the players were determined to see the best version of the team once again.
The opening to the 2017/18 season has been a mixed one for the defending European champions, two early trophies arriving after victories over Manchester United and Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa de Espana respectively.
However, then the club’s home form simply trailed off.
In Los Blancos’ opening three home LaLiga matches there hasn’t been a single victory and as a result, there has been talk of a weakened Real Madrid.
In his post-match interview, the club’s captain made clear that every player wanted to return to the high levels previous set.
“Every three days there is a match, for good or bad you have to deal with a situation,” he said.
“We wanted to see the best version of Real Madrid once again, we showed a lot of personality and it was important to win with authority.”
In their previous six visits, Zinedine Zidane’s charges had never won at Signal Iduna Park and the Spanish defender confirmed that it was pleasing to end such a negative run.
“We knew it was a good opportunity for us to win after so many years without a victory here,” Ramos continued.
“It is a difficult stadium and we have always struggled with that, but from the first minute we showed authority to dominate the match.”
Whilst many of the headlines will go to the goal-scorers, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, Ramos was quick to praise the efforts of the team in all phases of play, especially the defence.
“We hope they continue their scoring streak but it is important to remember the collective work,” he noted.
“In defence we had to work against a very fast attack and they created danger for us.
“We knew how to handle this and we shut them down.”
A moment of controversy came in the first-half when an attempt on Keylor Navas’ goal appeared to be blocked on the line by the 31-year-old’s hand.
Replays would confirm this was an unintentional action, something the defender himself made clear.
“It happened very quickly, yes it is true that the ball touched my hand but Keylor pushed it onto me,” Ramos admitted.
“It was totally involuntary, there was no intention so there is no need for the referee to whistle.”
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