Sergio Ramos turned to social media on Monday to address a number of key talking points surrounding the Real Madrid crisis that has ensued in recent weeks.
The captain has been a protagonist during the recent turmoil at the club which has seen Los Blancos crash out of all three available competitions.
His deliberate yellow card in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie against Ajax, which proved costly as the Dutch side turned things around in Madrid, as well as a heated debate with club president Florentino Perez after that fateful return match, have dominated the headlines.
After remaining quiet amid the crisis, Ramos eventually took to social media on Monday in a ‘questions and answers’ format
“As footballers we like to do our talking on the pitch but this season is not turning out that way,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Recent events have been disastrous and I’m not hiding. We are not hiding.
“We the players are primarily responsible and I, as captain, more than anyone,” he said.
Ramos then proceeded in addressing some of the big talking points in the format of a self-interview.
Was the yellow card in Amsterdam an error?
Absolutely it was an error and I take the blame 200%.
Why did you record the documentary?
There are certain commitments made and it never remotely went through my head that the game could have turned out as it did. The recording itself was scaled down as the game went on.
Did you argue with the President in the dressing room?
Dressing room issues are discussed and resolved in the dressing room. There’s no problem whatsoever and everybody has the same interest:
Did you address your teammates and criticize them?
We always talk and motivate each other in the dressing room and always in a constructive way.
Did you have a confrontation with Marcelo?
We have exchanges in every training session. It’s part of working with pressure. But it’s just an anecdote like so many others that happen from day to day. Marcelo is like a brother to me.
Why did you travel to Valladolid?
Because I wanted to be close and support my teammates. What’s happening with the coach? It’s a decision that’s not ours to make and in which we never interfere. We have enormous respect for the position and we always support the Real Madrid coach
“Together we have to work for the future and restore our hope,” Ramos concluded.