‘He is still one of the best defenders in the world’: Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti urges Spain coach Luis Enrique to include Sergio Ramos in his World Cup squad as he praises the ‘experience and the quality’ of the centre-back.
- Carlo Ancelotti believes that Sergio Ramos should be in the Spain team for the World Cup
- Ancelotti stressed that Ramos “continues to be one of the best defenders in the world”
- The pair worked together when Ancelotti was Real Madrid’s manager from 2013 to 2015.
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti has asked Spain to include Sergio Ramos in its squad for the World Cup.
Luis Enrique announces his 26-man squad on November 14 and Ramos is not expected to be included, but he was part of the long list of 55 that the coach handed over to FIFA this week.
“Ramos because of his experience and his quality has to go to the World Cup without a doubt,” said Ancelotti, who coached the player in his first spell as Madrid manager. He is still one of the best defenders in the world.
Carlo Ancelotti believes that Sergio Ramos should be in Spain’s squad for the World Cup
With the World Cup looming on the horizon, Ancelotti’s Madrid showed no signs of slowing down with a 5-1 win over Celtic.
It secured them first place and left Liverpool as one of their potential rivals in the round of 16.
Experienced defender Ramos is not expected to be included in Luis Enrique’s final squad
Ancelotti praised his players for their goal fest and said he believed they were now capable of playing without Karim Benzema, who missed the match on rest.
“We are managing to replace Benzema very well,” Ancelotti said. “The players now have more confidence, Valverde in particular, he has made a radical change in terms of goals scored. Vinicius moves better without the ball.
“These players still have a chance to improve.”
Ancelotti was satisfied with how Real Madrid played against Celta despite the fact that Karim Benzema was not a starter
Regarding Valverde, who has already scored eight from midfield this season, Ancelotti added: ‘I don’t know how many goals Valverde can score, he has impressive shooting quality. He can score many more.
Five of the madridista’s eight goals have come from outside the area.