Sergio Ramos addresses the rumours of Antonio Conte taking over as Real Madrid boss

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Things just seem to get worse for Real Madrid, who were humiliated by Barcelona on Sunday (October 28).

Barcelona defeated the current Champions League winners 5-1 at the Camp Nou, thanks to a hat-trick from Luis Suarez, and goals from Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal.

Marcelo did manage to bring the game to 2-1 on 50 minutes, however, Barcelona ran riot and handed Madrid their fourth league defeat in 10 games.

As Madrid now sit in ninth place, with 14 goals conceded this year, questions have been asked about the struggling side.

With Ronaldo now playing his football in the Serie A with Juventus, following his £105 million summer move, Madrid have been left with a serious void in their attacking threat.

Striker Karim Benzema is their top goalscorer in all competitions with six goals, but the Frenchman has only netted four times in the league.

As well as the squad being questioned, head coach Julen Lopetegui, who arrived following his departure as the Spain manager this summer, has also come under fire having only managed to win six of 14 games in all competitions this season.

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With Lopetegui under immense pressure, rumours of a replacement at the Santiago Bernabeu have already ensued, with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte being a frontrunner to take control.

However, Madrid captain Sergio Ramos explained that the appointment of Conte shouldn’t be made due to his name.

Ramos instead suggested the club's history of using managers with a knowledge of the club, such as Zinedine Zidane, who took over in 2016 following success as Real Madrid B coach.

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Zidane would go on to win the Champions League on three occasions as well as a La Liga title, and Ramos’ comments on appointing coaches from within hint the Spanish defender may favour current Madrid B coach Santiago Solari instead of Conte.

“Respect is earned, it is not imposed. Neither a name nor another,”Ramos said.

“We have won everything with coaches that you already know, in the end the management of the players is more important than the technical knowledge of a coach.”

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Despite Ramos’ hint at hiring Solari, the Spaniard claimed he and his side are standing by their current coach and couldn’t comment about the possibility of Lopetegui being sacked.

“I have always said the same, they are not decisions that run at our hands,” Ramos said.

“We are to death with the coach who is always in charge, those decisions are taken by those above.

“We will see what happens.”

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