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The curiosity is served: Sergio Ramos would reappear against Real Madrid for the Champions League

Sergio Ramos has barely played the equivalent of one game, in three different chapters, with the Paris Saint-Germain shirt, which he arrived at half a year ago, harassed by injuries and precautions to avoid relapses. The central defender, who turns 36 in March, is having a hard time imposing his legendary stature on the banks of the Seine, although the club knows that his contribution can be key in the decisive moments of the competition and, above all, in the Champions League League, the maximum objective of the Qatari owners.

For this reason, everything is ready for Ramos to be in top form on February 15, the date of the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Real Madrid, the club where he forged his legend and to whom he will have to face in order to continue advancing in Europe.

“We live the present planning the future”, The coach, Mauricio Pochettino, responds this Friday in a cryptic way, without giving many clues about the veteran player, who has been training for weeks with the rest of his teammates but who did not play, due to a technical decision, the last duel against Lyon.

The lesson is that, with Ramos, you have to go “slowly”, maintains the Argentine strategist, who wishes more than anyone to have the experience and personality of the Andalusian, but who at the beginning of the season already saw how the precipitation did nothing but delay his contest.

Ramos made his PSG debut in Saint-Etienne on November 28. He completed 90 minutes and his physique suffered. He did not return until December 19 to play half-time in a Cup match against a third-tier side and five days later came on in the second half against Lorient, before being sent off with five minutes remaining.

The spectators of the Parc des Princes have not yet been able to enjoy one of the most notorious signings of this season and although his name was somewhat overshadowed by the arrival of Leo Messi, his popularity remains high.

His absence against Lyon, an important game for the Parisians, shows that Ramos is not yet a key player in the dressing room and that the coach no longer wants any more mistakes. “The demands are demanding at the present time,” says the coach, who recalls that Ramos “comes from a long period of inactivity, for many months.”

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