Ramos: Players behind Ancelotti

The Spain international insists that he and his team-mates are fully behind under-fire coach Carlo Ancelotti and is in no doubt that they will challenge for trophies this term

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has dismissed reports of dressing-room unrest at the Santiago Bernabeu.

It has been reported that an emergency team meeting was called the morning after Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 defeat at home to Atletico Madrid – los Blancos’ first loss to their city rivals in la Liga since 1999.

However, Ramos insists that there is no truth in speculation that the club’s players are unhappy with the style of play new coach Carlo Ancelotti is trying to implement.

“The team is more united than ever,” the Spain international told reporters on Tuesday. “There’s a great atmosphere, we’re very happy with the coach and the results will come.

“Let nobody be in any doubt that we’re going to be in there fighting for the three trophies.”

The 27-year old Spaniard admits that there is concern about Madrid’s stuttering form of late, but says everyone at the club is “pulling in the same direction”.

“Nowadays, you don’t win just by being Real Madrid and we have to work hard and demand the best from ourselves,” he reasoned.

“I hope we can find out what the issue is quickly, because the results were good in pre-season under the coach’s system.

“Now is when we have to be more together than ever. It’s true that we’re not playing well, but we’ll be there because it’s our obligation and we have a great team.”

After a disappointing domestic result, which has seen them fall five points behind Atletico and Barcelona, Madrid must now turn their attention to the Champions League and Wednesday’s meeting with Copenhagen.

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