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Ramos: Madrid were expected to win 3-0 but Bayern are difficult

By Sacha Pisani
Sergio Ramos

Munich, April 26: Sergio Ramos said Real Madrid were expected to win 3-0 as the captain highlighted the significance and difficultly of beating Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Marcelo and Marco Asensio cancelled out Joshua Kimmich's opener to lead Madrid to a 2-1 victory at German champions Bayern in the first leg of their semi-final tie on Wednesday.

Bayern controlled possession and were unfortunate to surrender two priceless away goals to the two-time reigning champions heading back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Speaking afterwards, Ramos revelled in the triumph, though the veteran centre-back quickly turned his attention to the return fixture in the Spanish capital.

"We were expected to win 3-0 but it was always going to be difficult," Ramos said. "This is what the Champions League is like and we enjoyed being involved in a great game. The team put in a solid display, defended well and we were aware that it wouldn't be easy.

"It's really tough to come and play here, against great opposition and fans worthy of the Champions League. We now have to finish the job off at the Bernabeu. We haven't achieved anything yet and have to keep cool and show Bayern respect."

Ramos added: "Given the circumstances, when you take the lead you naturally end up dropping deeper and you suffer a bit. When the scores were level, Bayern really went for it and we were able to hit them on the counter.

"It's important that whoever plays offers that spark, keeps the performance levels up so that we all end up winning."

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Story first published: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6:00 [IST]
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