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Sergio Ramos at El País

November 6, 2010

(Lovely picture, ¿no?)

There’s a derby this weekend, which means more interviews, news, press attention than usual!  El País managed to catch up with Sergio Ramos, and this is what he had to say.

He’s the youngest player to reach 50 games with the national team.  He’s the fullback with the highest number of steals in the Liga.  He’s the second captain of Real Madrid.  He’s not yet 25 years old.  His name is Sergio Ramos, and he wants more.

Q:  What do you see when you watch the DVDs of games at home?

A:  I see a team that enjoys playing football, that works hard, that knows how to pull back and dominate when it’s necessary, something that we weren’t so good at before, and that is good physically.  Our physical state is helping us out.

Q:  What has Mourinho brought tactically?

A:  He’s a perfectionist that has infected us with this quest for perfection.  That makes each one want to improve, in each training session.  He’s a very direct person, who communicates well with players, and that gives you tranquility when you go onto the field.  He talks to you during the entire week about what the team you’re going to face is like and what player you’ll have to defend against on the wing.  He keeps you updated.

Q:  Does he ever raise his voice?

A:  He doesn’t shout much.  He’s very direct when he criticizes a player.  It’s not necessary to scream to make someone better.  It’s enough to tell it to one’s face, clearly and honestly.

Q:  And is he capable of making you laugh?

A:  Of course.  He’s extraordinary with the players in everything.  When he has to be serious, he is, and when it’s time to joke around, he’s the first one to do so.

Q:  Does he frighten you?

A:  No.  But he does make you respect him.  He’s the boss.  What he says is above everything else.

Q:  How does he coach you all?

A:  Normally, the moods of the players that play the least are not the same as those of the starters.  But with Mourinho, you have to demonstrate that you’re worth it in every session.  He pressures a lot.  We work with the ball a lot, and we also change exercises.  The body notices that.

Q:  And the physical preparation?

A:  With the ball.  Here, we’ve had everything.  There were coaches that made us run laps, that made us do resistance exercises.  Some took us to Austria to climb mountains.  With Mou, it’s always about the ball.  And now we’re all in great shape, and we haven’t suffered.

Q:  Did you all speak previously about playing with one less defender when you had to make a comeback, such as during the games in Alicante and Milan?

A:  No.  They were improvisations of the míster.

Q:  What do you think about Di María?

A:  All of us are very happy with him.  He helps out with defense and he’s very fast.  I think in general both Fideo and Sami fit in well with us.  Fideo will be an important footballer.

Q:  You’re the fullback with the most number of steals in the Liga.  One every seven minutes.  Why?

A:  It makes me happy to surpass myself.  I’m also happy that I’m not receiving as many cards this year; I’ve only received two.  That’s a record for me.  And that’s related to the recoveries of the balls.  My concentration is better.  One’s mood is also important for this.  For a footballer, having self confidence is fundamental.  After six years in Madrid, and now as second captain, I’m feeling great mentally and physically.

Q:  When was the first time you spoke with Mourinho?

A:  He called me on the phone when he knew that he was coming.  He called all the international players.  These types of things make him different.  He told me that I had to show who I was in a World Cup, to stay calm.  He also wished me luck.

Update: this is what Diego Torres, who interviewed Sergio, said on twitter about their chat.

Left: Sergio is like how he tweets: authentic, generous, a bit innocent despite having an image of being a dandy.

Center: Sergio Ramos shares the sane destiny as Hierro and Sanchís.  Defenders, madridistas, captains, giants of football who have been underestimated too many times.

Right: Before the interview, I thought that he had already turned 25.  But no.  He was born on March 30, 1986.  He’ll spend most of this season in his 24th year.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. LaBlanca permalink
    November 6, 2010 12:51

    ahhhh, Una you read my mind!!! Once again! LOL! Really like the pic and the interview as well. Even though its football-related you still get infos about the character of him and Mou especially.

  2. November 6, 2010 13:38

    aaaaw, what a cutie!!! (the picture and everything!)

    *goes back to stare at the picture, if only he had not use so much gel on his hair!*

  3. Maisoun permalink
    November 6, 2010 14:46

    wow…um…thats a great pic…I scrolled back to the top after each question 😉

    “Some took us to Austria to climb mountains.” lol I enjoyed this answer, it made me think of ‘The Sound of Music’ & all the players singing and climbing just like the von Trapps 😀

    • Canederli permalink
      November 6, 2010 16:41

      And this is why I adore you! Sick, sick, sick. Now I’m imagining them all in drindls twirling in a mountain field. LMAO.

      Great interview. The team just seems so *happy* and cohesive now.

      • Maisoun permalink
        November 7, 2010 03:25

        lol just imagine all the different versions of “Climb Every Mountain” we would hear! Sergio could start the group with his lovely voice…

        Sergio: “Suba Cada Montaña”

        Followed by Cris
        “Subir cada montanha”

        And then Mesut & Sami
        “Klettern Jeder Berg”

  4. Nurul permalink
    November 6, 2010 15:11

    “I’m also happy that I’m not receiving as many cards this year; I’ve only received two. That’s a record for me. ” /laughing forever
    That quote aside, such a great interview. Thanks for the translation!

  5. inmybestdress permalink
    November 6, 2010 17:25

    Thanks for the translation! Hearing the players’ stories about Mourinho is so interesting.. And Sergio, we’re also happy you’ve only had two yellows! He sounds so proud…

  6. Miche permalink
    November 7, 2010 00:39

    Thank you for the translation!
    I really love seeing our boys working hard.
    I’m impressed that Sergio only has two cards so far, too, haha.
    Aww, Sergio referred to Di María by his nickname! 🙂

  7. Clara permalink
    November 7, 2010 00:46

    Sergio looks fresh in the picture. Looking good except for the belt buckle. lol 😀

  8. November 7, 2010 01:31

    The reporter who did the interview tweeted the sweetest things about Sergio Ramos, saying he was much like his twitter- a sweetheart, a bit innocent, etc ❤ Thanks for the translation.

    • Maisoun permalink
      November 7, 2010 03:26

      who was the reporter? I want to follow 😉

    • LaBlanca permalink
      November 7, 2010 11:51

      yeah. Saw that as well. I really like this reporter. Also his other articles are very interesting.

      • November 7, 2010 13:34

        could you tell the name of the reporter? Sergio innocent – worth checking LOL

      • November 7, 2010 13:36

        ok, sorry, my mistake, I already saw the tweets 😉 you can cancel my previous post;-) cheers!

  9. lugifer permalink
    November 7, 2010 03:33

    (Lovely picture, ¿no?)

    yes, una. but what’s with the prizefighter belt? 😉

  10. reggaeballgirl permalink
    November 7, 2010 11:03

    Thanks Unamadridista. Great work as usual. Sergio’s interviews are always a good read. The number of yellow cards just shows our boy has matured.

  11. Tash permalink
    November 7, 2010 16:09

    best post to wake up to!!!

  12. November 24, 2010 17:23

    i love you ramoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooos

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