Real Madrid’s Ramos feels ‘bitter’ after ‘extremely strange’ season

The defender has speculated about the disappointment of the Champions League relegation from the side in the hands of Manchester City.

Sergio Ramos says Real Madrid are left with a “bitter aftertaste” after eliminating the Champions League ending their “extremely early” season.

The Madrid captain looked up from the stands due to suspension as his side left Manchester City 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Friday, with Pep Guardiola’s men advancing to the quarter-finals 4-2 overall .

Madrid won the revamped Supercopa de Espana in January and claimed the La Liga title after 11 games went awry when the competition resumed after the breakthrough of coronavirus.

Ramos is proud of those triumphs, but accepting that they knocked out in the last 16 stage in Europe is not good enough for a club of their stature.

“A very early season is over and the taste is bitter.” he wrote on Twitter.

“This year everyone has been very tough. But we are Real Madrid and we would win everything. Credit must be given to winning the League under such exceptional circumstances and the Spanish Supercup.

“Will be eliminated [sic] of the Champions League leaves us with a bitter aftertaste: we wanted more. Now it’s time to rest to come back and fight for the next season. This badge and this history always deserve it all. In victory, in defeat, always: HALA MADRID.

“Thank you for your unintended support, even in the distance.”

With Ramos absent on Friday, Madrid defender Raphael Varane made two uncharacteristic mistakes that directly led to goals for Man City.

After the match, Varane took full responsibility for the loss of his side, saying, “This defeat is me, I have to accept it.

“I am responsible for this defeat. We were well prepared but you pay for your mistakes. I am sad for my teammates.”

The France international was supported by his manager Zinedine Zidane, as well as several teammates including Rodrygo, who took an assist in the match on Friday.

“It’s something that happens sometimes,” the Brazilian said after the game. “It’s sad, but he’s a great player and I do not think this will tarnish the legacy he has at Real Madrid.”

The next season of La Liga will begin on September 12th.