“Van Persie is a constant nuisance” – Sergio Ramos speaks ahead of UCL clash

Sergio Ramos

As Real Madrid prepare to host Manchester United, in theChampions LeagueSergio Ramos has hailed the quality of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

The Spain international stated that the Blancos cannot afford to lose focus and concentration, especially with the Dutchstriker in imperious form.

“Van Persie is on very, very good form. We hadn’t seen him this good for years. He’s quick, strikes the ball well, he’s a constant nuisance,” Sergio Ramos told The Guardian.

“Rooney’s different. He’s hard-work, heavy going. He enjoys the physical challenge. I prefer that, to be honest. I like that defender versus striker battle, that challenge.

“But Rooney’s mobility is difficult: you don’t always know how far to step out to pressure him. He drops deeper, or pulls wide and you wonder whether to follow.

“The communication with the midfield is vital. If he drops, there’s a point at which the centre-back can’t follow him and the responsibility passes to the midfielders. Go too far and you leave space behind.”

The first leg of the tie will be played on Wednesday at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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