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Ramos holds 'players only' crisis meeting after Champions League loss

Published on: 04 December 2020

Sergio Ramos called for a players-only crisis meeting after Real Madrid lost 2-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The Los Blancos captain, 34, used the opportunity to highlight the importance of their final group stage game against Borussia Monchengladbach.

Madrid, who have slipped to third place in Group B, must beat Monchengladbach in order to advanced to the knockout stages.

Madrid have successfully reached the knockout stage in all 24 of their previous group-stage campaigns, but pressure is mounting this year.

Having conceded nine goals in five games - their worst defensive record for this stage in the competition - Ramos called a team meeting without their manager Zinedine Zidane.

AS has reported that Ramos told his team-mates: 'We are one victory away from getting through in the Champions League, we depend on ourselves, and we have to give everything.

'This is Real Madrid, gentlemen. Together, we've come out of worse.'

Madrid have also endured a nightmare run in LaLiga, having suffered three defeats in their 10 opening games.

The former champions sit fourth in the table, seven points behind leaders Real Sociedad.

However, it's not all doom and gloom as Madrid could still finish top of the group in the Champions League if they beat Gladbach and last-place Inter beat Shakhtar next week.


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