At a press conference Lopetegui said:
“Sergio Ramos didn’t come because he’s played more than any other player in the league and he has to keep some energy in reserve for the rest of the season,”
“That’s all it is, simply management,” he added. “He’s not here in Moscow because I made the decision.”
Madrid will face CSKA also without Welsh winger Gareth Bale, who was left out by Lopetegui having suffered a thigh injury in a scoreless draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
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