NEWS
Tuesday September 25 2012
Arsenal boss defends Mourinho

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho over his treatment of Sergio Ramos.

Spanish international defender Ramos was dropped to the bench for the 3-2 Champions League victory over Manchester City but returned to the starting line-up for Monday night’s victory over Rayo Vallecano.

However, Wenger says Mourinho has his understanding if Ramos was not putting in the kind of performances demanded by the Portuguese.

“I don’t know the situation with what is going on at Madrid well, so it must be understood that Mourinho perhaps may have thought, judging Ramos on his performances, that he did not deserve to play,” the Frenchman explained on his Eurosport blog.

“We must not forget, either, that he picked [Rafael] Varane, who is also an exceptional talent. Sometimes you don’t pick a player so he returns more motivated, because there is nothing worse for a player than not playing.”

Wenger also commented on the recent declarations by Cristiano Ronaldo that he was sad at the club.

“Cristiano is a super player and these type of players often have great aspirations and strong egos, because they are not satisfied with being just average.

“They want to be the best in the world and there is a price to pay for that. In any case, when you talk about Ronaldo, no matter where he goes, he wins things and at the end of the season scores 50 goals.”

Football Italia website