Real Madrid superstar Sergio Ramos says he and his teammates have forgotten about last season’s Champions League victory, and are looking forward to new glories.
The defender who captained Los Blancos in the May 28 win against rivals Atletico Madrid, said he’s positive the new campaign will be injury-free.
Image: Sergio Ramos
Ramos spoke with the press ahead of Tuesday’s European Super Cup against Sevilla [his hometown club].
In his words: “Whenever I play against Sevilla, it’s a special game. They [and Madrid] are the two teams of my life and that won’t change.
“Still, my responsibility is to defend for Madrid and I’ll do everything possible so that the trophy comes to the capital.
“It’s always great to be in a final. It’s a prize for our work last season and I’m optimistic.
“I try to forget what I’ve won before and aspire to win everything every season, I reset [myself] and it goes on like that.
“I keep my hunger intact, and hopefully we can win this trophy for the fans.
“Personal and objectives collective go hand in hand, and we must give our highest level from the outset.
“Madrid’s DNA compels us to fight for all trophies and, individually, give our best from the start of the season.
“It’s never too early to play a final, we must always be prepared. We had a great preseason. We’re missing some important players, but we’re delighted with the great squad we have, and someone or another will come forward.
“There are young lads who’ve come up from the youth teams and are raring to go. Of course we’re prepared for this final.
“Of Jese, I can speak as his teammate. We can’t make decisions [like Jese’s to join Paris Saint-Germain] for other players.
“I have a great affection for him and always tried to give him the best advice. He had some very good matches for us, but this is football.
“We’ll always wish him the best. Football takes many turns and has opened the gates of Madrid, who knows what can happen, “ Ramos said.
Image: Sergio Ramos
The defender talked about Madrid’s training, and their excitement with club’s new fitness coach.
“There’s been a lot of emphasis on the physical side [in training recently], and we’re are very pleased with the Italian [fitness coach Antonio Pintus].
“On a personal level, hopefully injuries will respect me this season and that I can play more than I did last season.”