Mourinho showed he will not have his management scrutinised by his own players despite playing down fall-out with the defender.
Fan-favourite and long-serving Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos could be shown the exit-door after an ongoing rift with boss Jose Mourinho saw the Spaniard dropped for last-night’s key Champions League Group D clash at home to Manchester City.
The 26-year-old, who has been at Madrid since a mega-money move as a 19-year-0ld from Sevilla in 2005, has been a near-guaranteed starter for club and country for a number of years, but was left-out of Mourinho’s starting side for one of their biggest games of the season so far.
Instead, 19-year-old French prospect Raphael Varane, who has been linked with a number of Premier League sides including Tottenham, Liverpool and Swansea City after a lack of first-team football thus far this campaign, was given his first start of the season.
Mourinho was left livid after Madrid put in a lacklustre performance to lose 1-0 against Sevilla over the weekend meaning his side have taken only four points from their opening four games, leaving them eight points adrift of bitter rivals Barcelona at the top, reports the Guardian.
Ramos has reportedly maintained a poor relationship with Mourinho for some time and furthered this by publicly questioning why the Portugese tactician was critical of his players after the Sevilla game.
His being left-out of the team for the Man City game can be considered a direct consequence of his actions, with Mourinho, a man of pride and principle, not one to take such scrutiny by his own players well.
The less-than-impressive early form from Los Blancos at the start of the new campaign is a worry for Mourinho, who, in a revealing interview prior to the clash against Manchester City, suggested his team was lacking in desire this season after winning the La Liga Title last campaign.
After last-night’s sensational 3-2 victory over Man City – which was snatched from defeat after the home side twice came back from behind before Ronaldo scored a late winner – Mourinho stated that his team would need to show such commitment and desire in every game and not just the big matches.
While Mourinho attempted to play-down that Ramos was dropped after a major clash between the pair, claiming it was a footballing decision alone, it remains to be seen whether two men overly-concerned with their own pride and egos will be able to overlook this recent fall-out.
A failure to resolve their differences in this regard could see Ramos sacrificed in January, with Mourinho unlikely to stand for the player disrupting the atmosphere in the dressing room in a season expected to yield another title.
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