Champions League

Sergio Ramos backs Jose Mourinho after giving himself credit for Real Madrid recent Champions League titles

Sergio Ramos has responded after Jose Mourinho suggested he was behind Real Madrid‘s recent success in the Champions League.

Los Blancos won the competition for the third time in four years with a 4-1 victory over Juventus in Cardiff to cap off Zinedine Zidane’s first full campaign as manager at the Bernabeu.

Mourinho, who steered Manchester United to the Europa League title this term, never lifted the Champions League at Madrid but emphasised how he turned the side’s fortune around after a difficult period.

He told Portuguese outlet Expresso: ‘I’m really bad at picking teams. Inter Milan were in big trouble. Real Madrid were in big trouble. Manchester United in big trouble.

‘What does big trouble mean? It means that they are teams that want to win but are thousands of miles away from winning.’

‘The captain of Real Madrid [Sergio Ramos], who lifted the trophy just the other day and who is now a three-time European champion, had never played in a Champions League quarter-final when I arrived at Real Madrid in 2010.’

Mourinho received some criticism for his comments but Ramos was quick to defend his former manager.

‘Jose Mourinho said the truth. We had not made the quarter-finals before and now I have three Champions League trophies,’ the Spain defender said.

‘Those who have doubts can just look at my record and see that I have never taken merit away from anyone.

‘I have learned from every coach across my career. Some more than others!’

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