Defensive stability will be just as important as scoring goals at the other end of the pitch if Real Madrid are to be successful in their quest for sileverware this season, says Sergio Ramos.
The Real Madrid stalwart played his part in a hard fought 1-0 win over Espanyol on Sunday night – Los Blancos’ third clean sheet in a row. The victory means Carlo Ancelotti’s men moved within three points of Barcelona and Atletico at the top of the league.
Real’s vice-captain Ramos spoke to reporters after the game at Cornell-El Prat, and said everyone in the team is doing their part defensively.
“Three matches without conceding a goal is important because being tight defensively gives stability for the attack,” Ramos said. He
He added: “It is an important factor to mention because it is always mentioned when we concede and now we have gone three matches without doing so. The defence is doing well. I think the important thing for the team is the group, not individuals. We will try to keep clean sheets in as many matches as possible.”
The World Cup and European Championship winner was also asked about his thoughts on the current race for the La Liga title. And he says with three teams so close together at the top, it could be another huge points tally to eventually claim the championship.
“Following this average of points we are talking about another season with 100 points. It can be improved by not dropping points like we did in the first half of the season and by winning the key matches. The dressing room is happy. We have to keep improving, learning to play as a team and keep competing,” he said.