Ramos concedes Real Madrid flat for Athletic Bilbao point

Rex Christensen
September 16, 2018

It is true that Real Madrid were unable to secure a victory against Athletic Club on Saturday night in the Estadio San Mames.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admitted frustration after their 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.

Ramos has said that Bilbao deserve credit for their own performance, but the Spaniard was unhappy with his team's intensity during periods of the league affair.

"We knew we'd be playing at one the most hard fields, where the players press, but regardless of that they have a team who know their game very well, and we knew it was going to be a game with a lot of difficulty", Ramos told reporters.

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"In the first half we had more problems for lack of speed in our movements, but we improved in the second half. In the second half, we managed to break beyond that first line of pressure and were able to pick our passes better".

But you can learn some positive lessons from the point that Los Blancos picked up in Bilbao. A draw at a very hard ground, where other great teams will likely drop points.

Julen Lopetegui arrived at Real Madrid with a very clear intention: he wanted the team to have the ball. The fans here really get behind their team and, that aside, Athletic know exactly what their game is all about.

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