The Real Madrid captain admitted that the uproar caused by his tangle with Mohamed Salah in last season’s Champions League final came to his mind after he gave Viktoria Plzen’s Milan Havel a bloody nose
Ramos caught Havel flush with an elbow in Wednesday night’s European clash in the Czech Republic — which Real Madrid won 5-0. The Plzen defender was left with blood pouring from his nose following the ‘unintentional’ contact from Ramos, but the referee did not see any reason to even book Ramos, who was adamant after the game that he did not mean to elbow his opponent.
“There was contact but no intention to cause any damage. The nose is very fragile so any knock is dramatic and I hope he recovers.” It has to be remembered that Ramos had came in for critcism for some fans for a rough challenge on Liverpool star Salah in the Champions League final last May, an incident which forced the Egyptian off with a shoulder injury.
When asked by Spanish outlet AS in the mixed zone in Plzen whether than incident has changed him, Ramos added: “It is true that now you get caught knowing the repercussion. “I’m not going to change, but never I’ve gone with the intention of hurting any team-mate. I’ve broken my nose three times. I have no intention of hurting him, I talked to the boy, I went to look for him in the locker room, but he was not there because he had given himself tests, but I sent him WhatsApps.”
The win ensured Madrid are top of Group G, level on points with Roma, although the two meet each other in the next round of fixtures. CSKA Moscow will need one of these top two sides to lose, apart from winning both their remaining games to have any chance of staying in the competition. Real’s interim coach Santiago Solari will be looking to further boost his credentials, and hence a chance of securing the job on a full-time basis, by successfully negotiating a tricky trip to Celta Vigo in La Liga on Sunday.
Milan Havel: "I accept the apology, things like that sometimes happen in football. I believe I will be OK soon and I would like to thank the fans for their support!" ?#fcvp #UCL https://t.co/eZQ7fDLfl0
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Plzen were unlucky to come away with zero points from the Bernabeu two weeks ago, but found themselves soundly beaten for the second time in the Champions League this season following their 5-0 defeat to Roma. Defender Lukas Hejda said: “Real did not underestimate us from the very first moment and they were a bit more aggressive than in Madrid.
“We conceded four goals in the first half and the match was over.
“Real proved their quality. We conceded three goals after set-pieces, which were a bit cheap. But we still wanted to play forwards, did not want to only defend.”
Ramos has been involved in too many incidents involving the red of both card and blood to have not learned what constitutes a ‘mistaken’ tackle, and one really cannot any better from him at this point. But the hope is that Havel recovers fast from the gruesome wound and gets back to a 100 per cent on field.