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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is only player on same level as Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, Chelsea ace Pedro believes

Pedro believes there is only one central defender in world football who is as good as Virgil van Dijk and it’s Sergio Ramos.

Liverpool fans love to hate the Real Madrid captain, blaming him for Mohamed Salah’s early withdrawal from the 2018 Champions League final and the Chelsea winger’s comments are unlikely to be popular.

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Pedro believes Ramos is the only defender as good as Van Dijk
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Chelsea play Liverpool in the Super Cup – live on talkSPORT on Wednesday night – and the Spaniard was quizzed on the towering defender he is likely to come up against.

“They are very good central defenders, probably at this time at the top,” said Pedro.

“Sergio Ramos is very good. I know him very well: great defender, great with the ball.

“Van Dijk is also the same: so strong, very good in the air, scores goals. Two big players.

“He’s in a good moment. Last season with Liverpool, he had a great season winning the Champions League and the best player in the Premier League. He’s in a good moment and he’s a good defender.”

Meanwhile, Frank Lampard is determined to secure his first win as Chelsea manager and finally lift the Super Cup.

Just days after his first match in charge ended in a galling 4-0 defeat at Manchester United, the Blues’ all-time top scorer will attempt to mastermind victory in Istanbul.

Pedro has heaped praise on Van Dijk
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Chelsea secured their place in the UEFA showpiece by winning the Europa League under Maurizio Sarri and successor Lampard, drawing on his playing days, said: “It means a lot to the club. I know first-hand because we lost two!

“We lost to Atletico Madrid in poor circumstances (in 2012) and we were far, far off and gave them the Super Cup.

Ramos has been vilified by Liverpool fans
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“We were unfortunate to lose to Bayern Munich (in 2013). When you work hard to get into this game between two champions, it is important that at a club like Chelsea we give everything to win it.

“It does mean something. It means something to us as a club because it is another trophy.

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“And for me it would be a really nice start for me personally, but more than that a really good feeling for the players with the season coming up that we can compete with Liverpool.”

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