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Sergio Ramos’ pact with Luis Enrique


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The Andalusian center-back played the first half and is five games away from the Egyptian Ahmed Hassan’s international record

Sergio Ramos, against Greece.JON NAZCAREUTERS
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The alarms went off when, in the final stretch of the first part, Iñigo Martinez He came down from the stands that in pandemic times acts as a bench and began to warm up for the band of Los Cármenes. A priori, it did not seem that Sergio Ramos -very failing in his passes, even in some very easy- and Eric García had any physical discomfort, but there had to be something behind that decision to Luis Enrique. The cake was uncovered after the break, when the captain remained in the booth, giving his place to the defender of the Athletic. There the alarms already sounded until from the Federation they transferred calm: there was no injury or physical discomfort or anything that resembled it. Quite simply, Luis Enrique had decided that Ramos would play only 45 minutes against Greece as a mere precaution. Although perhaps later he would regret his decision.

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So the captain observed from the stands, in principle without major problems, how the game was going uphill for Spain and how his substitute committed the more than debatable penalty that ended up neutralizing the initial goal of Morata. And, competitive as he is, he would be taken by the devil to see what happened, but his recent track record calls for caution. This is how Luis Enrique and his team understood it at least.

Since on February 6 he underwent surgery on his knee to solve his meniscus problems, the captain of the national team and the Real Madrid He had only participated in two encounters. He returned to the activity playing an hour in the suffered white victory against the Elche and three days later he appeared for another 60 minutes in the decisive meeting with the Atalanta that led Zidane’s team to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

His next match had to be last Saturday against the Celtic in Sweep, but did not enter the call. Madrid transmitted that it was a mere precaution after having received a blow to the tibia in the game against Atalanta, a priori nothing to do with the injury that made him undergo surgery a month and a half ago. In fact, his call for this national team break was not in doubt. When Luis Enrique gave the list, Ramos had only played the game against Elche. Little, yes, but it is essential in this team.

Five behind Egyptian Hassan’s record

Because, you already know, when the central Madrid is with the national team, he will play, a lot or a little, (almost) every game. Because it is a fundamental piece in the Spanish defense and because among his many challenges is to become the footballer with the most international appearances in the history of football. With the 45 minutes played last night in Granada, the Sevillian raised his counter to 178, to only five of the record holder, the Egyptian Ahmed Hassan. If all goes well, he will reach that figure this summer during the European Championship.

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The reverse of both was incarnated yesterday both Bryan Gil What Pedri, debutants with the shirt of the Spanish team. With them, Luis Enrique has already debuted 21 players in his 19 games at the helm of the national team, at a rate of more than one per game. In Bryan’s case, he is also the first player in Eibar’s history to play for the senior team. Pedri, for his part, is at 18 years and 120 days the sixth youngest to debut with the national team. In recent times, only Bojan Y Ansu fati they were precocious than he.

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