Tottenham Hotspur defender Davinson Sanchez has admitted he watches DVDs of Sergio Ramos to help improve his own game.
Ramos became the villain of last season’s Champions League final in Kiev when he injured Mohamed Salah during Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have once again reached the final and can banish the heartbreak of last season if they overcome Sanchez and his Spurs teammates.
And Sanchez, who made eight Champions League appearances during the run to the final, may well be looking to channel his ‘inner Ramos’ during the Madrid showpiece on June 1.
“Watching DVDs, it was unbelievable the way [Ramos] defends,” he told the Mirror. “He has that character you need to play that position.”
Sanchez: If you have to crash, you have to crash
Throughout his career, Ramos has been known for his willingness to do whatever it takes to win, including throwing his body on the line to stop the opponent.
And with club football’s biggest prize now within his grasp, Sanchez –who won the Copa Libertadores with Atletico Nacional in his native Colombia – has insisted he will not be holding back either.
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“A final is about winning,” he added. “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.
“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 clear the ball, properly. Without touching the opponent? No. If you clear the ball and the opponent is in there — I feel sorry for the opponent!”
For Liverpool, next week’s final is a chance to add a sixth European Cup to their collection, while Spurs are still searching for their first.