Ramos questions Benitez's substitutions in the Madrid derby

The Spanish defender has replied to criticism from his manager by saying the changes made in the second half against Atletico Madrid should be talked about


Sergio Ramos has questioned the substitutions made by Rafa Benitez during Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Sunday night. 

The Madrid coach decided to take off Isco and Karim Benzema in the second half with his side in the lead, only for Luciano Vietto to grab a late equaliser for Atletico at the Vicente Calderon. 

Benitez has since criticised Ramos in a radio interview on Monday for giving away a penalty in the first half — even though it was missed by Antoine Griezmann.

Asked by reporters at Spain’s training base on Tuesday about his manager’s comments, Ramos gave a stinging reply. 

“I’d hope that anything he has to say he will say when we next see each other,” the defender responded in reference to Benitez revealing he was “angry” at the manner in which the spot kick was given away. 

“It was a disappointing mistake, but I won’t lose any sleep over it. I’m not worried about it because we all make mistakes and nobody makes them on purpose. 

“Thankfully Keylor [Navas] saved the penalty and it didn’t influence the final result. But just as people talk about the mistake I made, they will also talk about [Benitez’s] substitutions.” 

The decision to take Benzema, who scored the opening goal in the Madrid derby, has been in the spotlight this week. 

After the game, the Frenchman responded to reporters by telling them to “ask the manager” when they questioned him on why he’s always the player who is substituted.

However, Benitez has since put out that fire by praising the 27-year-old forward’s ability and joking that if he doesn’t want to be taken off so frequently “he should score two goals a game.”

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