Real Madrid Coach Santiago Solari has highlighted the significance of Sergio Ramos’s absence during their shock 4-1 Champions League defeat to Ajax.
The Spain international and Madrid captain was absent after an accumulation of yellow cards, while he will also miss the first European match for Los Blancos next season.
“We do not want to speak badly of our players, but it is clear we missed our captain,” Solari said, referencing the absent Sergio Ramos.
“I arrived in this position at a tough moment and I will not surrender in our objective, this is a difficult season but we now must show our character and desire more than ever.
“Anyone can do well in an easy moment but it is the true greats who show their ability in the difficult times, they show their bravery and will come back stronger than before.
“Dani Carvajal’s comments? He spoke in the heat of the moment, he was showing his desire and we still have La Liga in our season.”