The merengue captain will not be able to be in England by sanction: he is the most experienced merengue player, the third highest white scorer in the Champions League and without him on court they suffer more goals.
Real Madrid clings to the dream of staying alive in Champions League. The whites want to return to Lisbon, the promised land of the Tenth, to seek the Fourteenth, but to do so they will have to make a complicated comeback against the Manchester City. And they will do it without their great captain …
After falling 2-1 in the first leg, the Meringues have to win scoring at least two goals and they will also have the handicap of playing without their captain and almost spiritual leader, Sergio Ramos. The white “4” is sanctioned and Zidane knows that without him he loses a leader but also the player with more experience in this type of matches than he has on the squad, in addition to a key man in defense but also in attack.
Ramos is the player with the most active games on the Champions League squad with 124 duels ahead of the 119 that Benzema has played. In addition, it is the one that has played the most knockout matches with 53 matches between the knockout stages, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals (only Benzema approaches with 45). His substitute behind, Militao, has barely played 11 games in the Champions League and only four in the final rounds.
After the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo. Madrid have lost their leading scorer in the Champions League in the last decade. This march leaves Benzema as the great benchmark in attack but also in the captain’s scoring contribution.
Only Benzema and Bale have scored more goals for Madrid in the Champions League than Ramos, who has 13 against 52 and 16. In addition, almost half of them have reached elimination rounds: they have scored six with two in the finals, three in the semifinals and one in eighths.
At the defensive level, his loss is even more relevant: Madrid has conceded an average of one goal per game in the Champions since Ramos made his debut, but when he does not play, that average rises to 1.4 goals per game.
In fact, since signing Ramos, the Whites have played 59 knockout games in the Champions League. The one from Camas has played 53 and of the six that did not play, Madrid lost three and in all conceding more than three goals: 1-4 against Ajax last year that meant the elimination, 1-3 against Juventus of the 2017-18 and a 2-3 against Galatasaray in the 2012-13 quarters although in these last two Madrid could pass the round.
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