Sergio Ramos skied a penalty that cost Real Madrid a place in the Champions League final two years ago but, since that moment, the Spanish defender has clearly recovered his confidence when tasked with converting from 12 yards. Ramos displayed his new found conviction from the spot this week when, in Spain training, he beat David de Gea with a Panenka. Twice.
The Spain squad are clearly in high spirits ahead of the defence of the World Cup crown they clinched four years ago in South Africa, and Ramos has shown that he and his teammates are relaxed despite the weight of expectation placed upon them.
This was demonstrated when Ramos was practising penalty taking during a training session, with the centre-back able to twice beat Manchester United shot-stopper De Gea in cheeky fashion. The first Ramos penalty was a classic Panenka - a deft dink straight down the middle, which appeared to irritate De Gea somewhat.
And while the Old Trafford star was fuming at being beaten in such a way, Ramos decided to add insult to injury with a second attempt at the same technique. It was not quite a Panenka in its purest form, but we’re willing to give Ramos the benefit of the doubt on this one.
Ramos and De Gea were happy to kiss and make up afterwards while Juan Mata, Manchester United teammate of the latter, found the whole episode rather amusing indeed.
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