Ramos: Home fans gave Madrid belief

The defender was happy with his side’s second-half display against Real Mallorca, and is hopeful the players return from the international break with full fitness

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has paid tribute to the Santiago Bernabeu crowd following their 5-2 comeback win over Real Mallorca.

Quick-fire goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Gonzalo Higuain helped overturn los Blancos’ 2-1 deficit at the break, and Ramos paid tribute to the supporters for instilling belief into the team.

“It was quite a boring game, especially in the first half, when we needed more concentration and a better approach,” he told Real Madrid TV.

“In the second half, we had more rhythm, intensity and were able to create chances and fight back. The good thing about playing at home is that the crowd makes you feel that sooner or later you can win the game. We feel it on the pitch.

“It’s typical at Real Madrid that we often seem to be going through a revolution. There were changes at the start of the second half and [Mesut] Ozil and [Karim] Benzema made a difference because they gave the team even more quality and rhythm.

“The important thing is that we fought back and the team managed to pick up the points. We must keep our run going.”

Ramos admitted his side’s tendency to concede from set-pieces is a cause for concern, stressing they hope to rectify the problem when club duties resume following the international break.

“We defended set pieces poorly and we have to concentrate and improve because we still have a lot of the season left to play. I hope that we concede fewer goals in the next few games and we are more comfortable,” he went on.

“We now have an international break and we hope that everyone returns in 10 days’ time fighting fit and without any injuries or knocks. Let’s hope there are no shocks.”

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