Sergio Ramos says Salah could have played on in CL final – Egypt boss’ reply is class

It’s been almost two weeks since Real Madrid beat Liverpool in the Champions League final and the fallout continues.

From Sergio Ramos injuring Mohamed Salah to Loris Karius’ two terrible mistakes, the match had plenty of talking points.

But in recent days, everyone is talking about how Ramos clashed with Karius early in the second-half which, according to Massachusetts General Hospital, caused the Liverpool goalkeeper to have concussion.

That might explain his two mistakes.

When asked about the incident, Ramos wasn’t having any of it.

“After the goalkeeper said that I dazed him with a clash. I am only missing Firmino saying that he got a cold because a drop of my sweat landed on him,” he joked.

In the same interview, Ramos spoke about the injury Salah sustained in which he was very much involved.

The defender appeared to grab the Egyptian’s arm, causing him to land heavily on his other shoulder.


But Ramos feels that too much is being made of the tangle – and even claimed Salah could have played on.

“Bloody hell, they’ve given this a lot of attention, the Salah thing … I didn’t want to speak because everything is magnified. I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold,” Ramos added.

“I spoke with Salah through messages he was quite good. He could have played if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more.”

Salah probably didn’t appreciate Ramos claiming he was milking it and that he could have played on.

Surely he would have done if he could – it’s the Champions League final after all.

And, in response, the Egyptian manager has fired back ahead of the World Cup in brilliant style.

“I’m not a doctor, I don’t know if [Sergio] Ramos is a doctor, but it’s a player who is playing a final and has an injury,” Hector Cuper said.

“I don’t have any doubt that if he could keep playing he would do it, because a Champions League final is extraordinary.”

Salah is fighting to be fit for Egypt’s first World Cup match against Uruguay on June 15 and Cuper is optimistic about his chances.

“My opinion is that Salah has an important injury, there is a recovering [process] that we can see, and we are optimistic about the chances he has to play in the World Cup,” he said.

“We listen to many things, but the reality is that the doctors recover or confirm a problem in a player.”