ergio Ramos has bemoaned the attitude displayed by the Real Madrid faithful during the Rayo Vallecano game, claiming that, “when we most needed their support, they booed us”.
In the opening minutes of the encounter, Real Madrid raced into the lead, but two goals in quick succession from Rayo turned the game in the visitor’s favour, and was at this point that the supporters made their feelings heard. “When the team most needed their support, they booed us. It’s at moments like this that we would have appreciated their backing, to spur us on to try to get back into the game”.
The former Sevilla defender did, however, express his understanding at the home faithful’s dismay. “When you’re losing 2-1 against Rayo, and with the greatest of respect, it’s to be expected that the Santiago Bernabéu will get on your back. There are people out there who will say that with 11 men, they would have gone on to win the game, but I’m going to stick my neck out and say that we still would have won the game”.
When the tension was at fever pitch around the stadium, Cristiano Ronaldo gesticulated to the crowd, in a plea for the boo-boys to stop, an incident the ‘Los Blancos’ captain encouraged. “In exactly the same way as the crowd are free to cheer or boo us, the players are also free to have an opinion and show feelings. Cristiano Ronaldo is always honest and shows what he feels”, he said.
29-year-old Ramos gave his full backing to Rafa Benítez, after the coach was jeered by sections of the home faithful: “We’re fully behind the coach. He gives us his instructions and we go out and try to carry them out”. When quizzed about the vote of confidence Benítez received from Florentino Pérez in which the ‘Los Blancos’ chief declared that the former Napoli boss represents “the solution, and not the problem”, Ramos preferred not to comment, stating simply that, “if the president says so, there must be a reason for it. We’re just the labourers, he’s the king”.