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Spurs defender Sanchez prepared to play dirty to win Champions League

The Spurs defender Davinson Sanchez has told the Mirror that he, and his team mates, are ready to play like Ramos in last year's final to win next Saturday night.

Liverpool, of course, played Real in last year's final but lost Mo Salah within half an hour after a fairly innocuous looking challenge from Sergio Ramos.

On later inspection, it was clear that Ramos had made the most of the opportunity to foul (and injure) Mo, who had to leave the field.

Ramos later also fouled Karius, in goal for the final, who shortly afterwards made the first of two errors which lead to the winning Madrid goals. It was later confirmed by LFC that Karius had played on with a concussion.

So Sanchez is seemingly prepared to play the same way in order to win. He said: "Sometimes now, everyone is too focused on playing football. And Sergio has that character you need to play that position.

"I watch video clips of him [Ramos], Franco Baresi, Paolo Maldini. Their aggression.

"After a few years, you have to realise that’s important for some defenders. You have to admit, yes you play football, but at the same time, you must not forget you are a defender and have to fight. Put your face in where it hurts.

"Sometimes the striker doesn’t care. You see Roberto Firmino against his guy. Crash. Block. Harry Kane as well. If he has to put his leg in, he will.

"His injury, against Manchester United, was the same. His ankle was injured because he tried to block. And boom. Against City as well. The strikers are more worried about recovering the ball themselves these days and you have to be ready to fight against them."

He continued: "Sometimes just playing football is not enough," he said. "You have to do more. You have to run more. You have to ‘crash’ more. To – I don’t know – cry more.

"We have to show everyone the right mentality.

"You can’t be worried about what people say. If you have to crash, you have to crash. You don’t care. You have to tackle. Football is not composed of just taking the ball, or clearing the ball, properly, without touching the opponent?

"No. If you clear the ball and the opponent is in the middle of it… I feel sorry for the opponent!

"Whoever is on the pitch has to do it. It’s a final. A final is about winning. You can’t wait for the opponent to be better than you, or let them start to play their football.

"We are going to start aggressively. A final is about this. Everyone wants to win the trophy."

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