Even though he is unable to play in the return fixture, Ramos wants to maintain his role as a team leader and has done his best to ensure that he travels with the group to Manchester.

Ramos wants to maintain his role and will motivate his teammates

Defeat in the Champions League in the last 16 first leg against Manchester City was a blow for Real Madrid. But the dismissal of captain Sergio Ramos was even worse. Even though he is unable to play in the return fixture, Ramos wants to maintain his role as a team leader and has done his best to ensure that he travels with the group to Manchester. Ramos will join the squad despite not being available for selection and will be looking to motivate his teammates to come back. The captain is adamant that his team can turn what he sees as an unfair defeat in which City punished two lapses in Real Madrid concentration.

Almost six months have passed since that game, and Pep Guardiola’s squad has recovered from their worst form, leaving them 18 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Premier League. Real Madrid did the opposite, running a deficit to overtake Barcelona and win LaLiga with ten straight wins since the restart. Ramos was critical to that run, but he will now play a decisive role off the field, not on it if he assists his team in the next round of the Champions League.