Giorgio Chiellini hails Sergio Ramos’s takedown of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah in 2018 Champions League final a ‘masterstroke’ as Italian praises Real Madrid defender’s ‘devilish wit’
- Ramos grabbed Salah by the arm as they tumbled to the floor in 2018 final
- Liverpool forward injured his shoulder and had to withdraw from the action
- Real Madrid went on to win the match 3-1 to claim 13th European Cup triumph
- Juventus and Italy defender Chiellini believes the tackle was a ‘masterstroke’
- Chiellini hails Ramos as ‘the best defender in the world’ with a ‘devilish wit’
Giorgio Chiellini has described Sergio Ramos’s takedown of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah in the 2018 Champions League final as a ‘masterstroke’.
Real Madrid defender Ramos grabbed the Egyptian by the arm and pulled him to the ground, causing Salah to leave the field in tears with a shoulder injury that required surgery.
The first-half withdrawal of their dangerman in the Kiev final cost Liverpool, who went on to lose 3-1 as Real claimed their 13th European Cup crown.
Sergio Ramos grabbed Mohamed Salah by the arm and dragged him to the floor during the 2018 Champions League final, causing the Liverpool man to go off injured
Salah was in agony after injuring his shoulder and left the field in tears not long afterwards
Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini described the challenge as a ‘masterstroke’ in his new book as he hailed Ramos as ‘the best defender in the world’
But Juventus and Italy defender Chiellini, who believes Ramos is ‘the best defender in the world’, has described the foul on Salah as just an example of the Spaniard’s ‘devilish wit.’
Chiellini writes in his new autobiography, as reported by AS: ‘They say he’s impulsive, not tactical at all, that 8-10 goals are conceded each season through his mistakes, that he’s very technical and that he could be a striker, which is the opposite of me.
‘However, he has two characteristics that almost no-one else has. He knows how to be decisive in big games, with interventions that go beyond any logic, that even cause injuries with almost devilish wit.
‘The one on Salah in the 2018 Champions League final was a masterstroke. He’s always said that he didn’t do it on purpose, knowing that nine times out of 10, falling like he did and by not letting ho, he risked breaking his opponent’s arm.’
Ramos wasn’t punished for the foul on Salah at the time despite throwing most of his weight on the Liverpool man’s shoulder.
Ramos stands over Salah after dragging him to the ground and inflicting the shoulder injury
The Real Madrid defender went unpunished for the challenge as his team won the game 3-1
In the same match, Ramos also collided with the Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, causing him to suffer concussion that resulted in two mistakes leading to Real goals.
Speaking about the Salah challenge in the aftermath of the final, Ramos said: ‘Bloody hell, they have given this Salah thing a lot of attention. 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. After that, the goalkeeper said I dazed him with a clash.
‘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 stick out a little bit more.’