The Spanish central defender was impressed with the amount of warmth that Real Madrid has received in the United States but wants the season to kick off.NEW YORK -- It's safe to say Sergio Ramos has been impressed with the fan support for Real Madrid on their tour of the United States.
The Spanish defender noted that Los Angeles, Las Vegas and now New York have received the Merengues with open arms this summer.
"It's nice coming to this country and being accepted with warmth and love," the two-time Euro champion told Goal.com after the 5-1 rout of Milan. "We have to be thankful for that. It's notorious the way people react to what Real Madrid means in the soccer world and we have to give thanks for that."
Once again, the issue of a long preseason before an intense calendar of official games was presented as an issue by the press, a notion that Ramos was quick to shoot down.
“These tours are helpful because we can have some experiences as a team that we cannot have during the season and that makes us a better team,” Ramos said. On their preseason friendly tour in North America, Los Blancos have won all three matches against the LA Galaxy, Santos Laguna and now AC Milan.
And despite the potential difficulty being ramped up by facing the Serie A giant, it is clear that this version of the Rossoneri is quite diminished with the offseason departures of stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Motta, among others.
“I think this was a good game to tune up the team before the season. It will start with a title at stake [the Supercopa] against Barcelona. We already want La Liga to begin,” noted the center back.
John Rojas provided reporting for this story from New York.