Spanish stopper Sergio Ramos turns 37 today. Let us therefore recall the story of his former Real Madrid teammate Mesut Özil. The latter mentioned in his autobiography a situation from the cabin that showed the character of the legendary defender.
Mourinho returned Real to winning ways, but relationships with legends proved fatal
Real Madrid under José Mourinho were unstoppable in the 2011/2012 season. That year, he won the Spanish title ahead of Pep Guardiola’s crowded Barcelona with 100 points and 121 goals scored.
But the next season did not start as he had hoped and the chair under the Portuguese manager began to wobble significantly. The reason for this was, among other things, a broken relationship with the team’s cabinet. His aggressive style of communication with the club’s biggest stars eventually became his undoing.
One of the pillars of Real Madrid’s offensive at that time was Mesut Özil, who gave Los Blancos’ game an idea. In fact, in a home match against Deportivo La Coruña, the cabin experienced one of Mourinho’s frequent outbursts at half-time.
Mesut Özil shared a touching story of how Sergio Ramos stood up for him
The Portuguese stormer, despite the home team leading 3-1, aimed his scathing criticism at the German international. “Do you think it’s enough to make two good passes? You think you are so good that you only need to complete half of your passes,” he shouted, according to Özil’s autobiography The Magic of the Game, quoted by Marca newspaper.
Özil, in his words, exploded and replied to Mourinho if he was so bad, why not replace him. The answer was clear. “Are you giving up? You want to go take a nice hot shower and wash your beautiful hair huh? You’re a coward.”
Mourinho withdrew his brain from the pitch at half-time and was replaced by the struggling Kaká. Özil said he hated and loved his manager at the same time. But he also mentioned a story that shows the greatness of his defensive teammate.
Namely, Ramos came up to a substituted teammate, patted him on the back and did a brave act. He took his number ten jersey and put it on under his number four. The Spanish stopper reportedly wanted to score a goal that night and dedicate it to his substitute.
But he didn’t manage to do so despite a 5-1 win. But things went downhill that season with the relationship between the cabin and the manager and Mourinho eventually left the Spanish capital after the season.
Source: Marca, Autobiography of Mesut Özil – The Magic of the Game, Livesport
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