Sevilla FC defender Sergio Ramos defended this Thursday that FC Barcelona, ​​Seville’s rival this Friday on the eighth day of LaLiga EA Sports 2023-2024, is “a favorite team to win all the competitions”, which is why it is a team which they will face with “extra motivation”.

“These games always have extra motivation, because they are the best teams you can face. The Champions League also has that point of extra motivation. Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, ​​Atlético de Madrid are clubs that have one more plus, by far that we don’t want to say it,” Ramos acknowledged in an interview with the Sevilla media collected by Europa Press.

The veteran central defender, 37 years old, analyzed the Blaugranas as “a favorite team to do everything, to win the League, the Champions League, all the competitions.” “This means that a victory against Barça also has an extra and an emotional plus for the group, emotionally. All of this comes together both on a favorable level and also on a negative level,” he reflected.

“We know the quality they have, they want to have practically control of the game and, as a defense you have Robert Lewandowski, players with a lot of verticality, fast on the flanks, it’s going to be a nice game,” he predicted about the duel in Montjuïc this Friday .

On a personal level, Ramos, who has not played in Sevilla’s last two games, assured that he is “quite well”, immersed in “that process of time, of accumulating minutes, of picking up that rhythm and that point of speed.” .

Asked about the current health of the squad, after a difficult start, the center-back pointed out that the team needs to “consolidate a group and start setting goals little by little.” “The dynamic is starting to be good and we are going to try to maintain it as much as possible,” he commented, emphasizing the last win (5-0) against Almería. “He gave us that point of emotional confidence that the group and the fans need,” he acknowledged.

“Also to create that expectation again, of wanting to dream, of wanting to believe in this group, that the season is very long and we are still going to have a lot of fun for sure,” the Sevilla player concluded.