Sergio Ramos has dropped some big hints as to how Real Madrid will play against Barcelona on Sunday, while also revealing that he thinks Lionel Messi is very good at football. Try not to ruffle too many feathers with that controversial opinion, mate.
Sunday’s Clásico is one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings between the two sides in years, with Real and Barça separated by just two points at the top of La Liga.
The reverse fixture earlier in the season ended in a 0-0 draw but Los Blancos always looked more likely to break the deadlock. Ramos’ side will be hoping to replicate this performance and the Real captain alluded as to how they intend to cause Blaugrana problems.
“We’ve played them many times, so we know how to trouble them. Barcelona are a team who keep possession a lot. They’re most uncomfortable when you try to take it from them. Everyone knows that, not just Real Madrid,” he told La Liga (via Goal).
“Putting pressure on them high up is risky but it causes them problems. Before it didn’t happen so much, maybe because teams gave them too much respect and they would play the ball out from the back really well.
“But I think that’s the key: pressure high up the pitch and try to steal the ball from them, that’s when they’re most uncomfortable.”
Ramos will once again lock horns with Messi and in the interview the 33-year-old also reflected on the Argentine’s footballing legacy.
“I have huge respect for him,” he said. “I think he’s one of the greatest players in history and I have huge respect for him. I hope Sunday isn’t his day, that would mean we’ve done our job, and if on top of that we can get a good result even better.
“I wish him all the best as a fellow professional but only as long as it doesn’t affect us negatively! It’s hard, but he has my maximum respect, I think he’s one of the best.”