Juventus supporters Giorgio Chiellini has claimed ‘the best in the world’ Sergio Ramos’ handling Liverpool, Mohamed Salah is a ‘masterstroke’.
Ramos controversially injured Egyptian striker Liverpool in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory over Jürgen Klopp’s team in the 2018 Champions League Final in Kyiv, which was one of the biggest flashpoints of the year, but helped Los Blancos claim a 13th European victory.
The 34-year-old Spaniard threw all his weight on Salah’s shoulders when they got tangled up and fell to the grass, which caused the Reds star player to be forced out due to injury.. But Chiellini insisted he showed defensive martial arts and his ‘evil intelligence’.
“He is the best defender in the world,” reads a new quote from his new autobiography, leaked by the US.
“They say he is impulsive, not tactical at all, that 8-10 goals are conceded every season through his mistakes, that he is very technical and that he can be a striker, which is the opposite of me.
“However, he has two characteristics that are hardly shared by others. He knows how to be decisive in big matches, with interventions that go beyond any logic, which even cause injury with almost evil intelligence.
“What’s wrong with the 2018 Champions League Final is a masterstroke. He always said that he did not do it on purpose, knowing that nine out of ten, falling as he did and by not letting go, he risked breaking his opponent’s arm. “
The Juventus captain has referred to other Real Madrid defenders as ‘school children’ when Ramos is absent from the team.
“The power that he transmitted through his presence was extraordinary. Without Ramos, some champions such as Varane, Carvajal and Marcelo looked like school children. They suddenly retreated. Real Madrid become a helpless team.
“With him at the Bernabéu, you can be sure that the Spaniards will not lose to Ajax by three goals. I’m willing to bet money on that.”
Chiellini also remembers Real’s 4-1 defeat at home to Ajax in 2018 and believes Ramos’s absence played a crucial role in the emphatic victory of the Dutch team.
“After the first match, they gave him a two-match ban because he was honest: he said that in life you must choose and have been looking for a card to erase his record before the quarter-finals,” wrote the Italian.
“With him at the Bernabéu, they can be sure that they will not lose the difference of three goals. I bet whatever you want. ”
Both Juve and Real are behind in their Champions League relations with the upcoming second match.
Monumental efforts are needed from both of them if they have the potential to meet in this season’s competition and experience the “dark art” of surviving on the same pitch.
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