A humble Sergio Ramos says he should not be called a hero after scoring a vital two goals in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Champions League win over Napoli on Wednesday morning.
Zinedine Zidane’s side overturned a 1-0 deficit to secure their spot in the competition’s final eight, with the captain’s brace and a late Alvaro Morata finish sealing a 6-2 aggregate scoreline.
Ramos was overjoyed to mark a milestone Champions League appearance in such fashion and hopes his actions silenced some recent doubters.
“I am just happy that we achieved our objective, which was to go through,” he said after the match.
“It was my 100th game in the competition, and I was able to help the team with goals when we were going through a delicate moment.
“A week ago the critics were killing me. Today I am not a hero for scoring two goals. I try not to get too carried away, and do my job as well as I can.”
Madrid were pressured relentlessly by the home side in the early stages of the contest and Ramos wants his teammates to focus on where they can improve as Los Blancos looks to claim a second straight Champions League crown.
“We suffered a lot in first half,” he added.
“If we knew why it would be very easy to fix. Sometimes it does not go as we practice in training, or talk about before the game. But we should not get angry, we must just reflect about the things that went wrong.
“We were [defending] very deep and they created many chances. But I am happy with the progress to the next round.”
However, the 30-year-old was disappointed when told that his second header had officially gone down as an own goal from Dries Mertens.
“I don’t believe it…they took away my double!,” he said.