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Ramos shock at City struggles

Sergio Ramos is surprised by Manchester City's struggles in the UEFA Champions League as Real Madrid make plans to eliminate their hosts at the Etihad Stadium.

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Sergio Ramos: Not going to show Manchester City any sympathy

Sergio Ramos: Not going to show Manchester City any sympathy

Wednesday night's game, which will see former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo return to his former home city for the first time since leaving in 2009, is crucial.

Having fallen in the group stages last season, Roberto Mancini's City require a remarkable turnaround if they are to make progress to the knockout rounds in this campaign.

Ramos thought the Premier League champions would be Real's main rivals and is shocked the prediction did not prove correct but he has no plans to show any sympathy.

"We want to top the group," he said. "Real Madrid never play defensively. That is not in our nature. We are going to Manchester to win.

"City have improved in the Premier League. But we do not fear them. Real Madrid can win in any stadium in the world."

Ramos added: "For me, it's a surprise they are nearly out of the Champions League. We really thought City would be our main rivals to top the group.

"City are a big group of players, not just individuals. But that does not guarantee success in the Champions League.

"This is the hardest group in the first round and this match is very important for both clubs. We both need to win for different reasons."

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worry about these types of conclusions on a teams brilliance when it was very clear that Argentina had 4 chances where they really should have scored and on chances alone then it would have been the more pragmatic Argentinians who would be the best in the world. I like the Germany team but this just shows that even with planning it relies on a great deal of luck and finding your opponents at just the right time.

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e all know the British public don't have the patience to plan for 14 years. No chance. As soon as our young players don't win the world cup they get harrassed and abused to the point of mental breakdown. No, England likes to react to failure by sacking the manager and tearing up their best laid plans in favour of something shiny and new to keep the knee jerkers happy.

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lad Messi was player of the tournament, there was no-one more deserving. Except Robben. And James Rodriguez. Or Muller and half the Germany team etc etc

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