Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos believes that his side played well enough to earn at least a point against Barcelona on Sunday night at Camp Nou. Madrid went down 1-0 to their rivals, losing their place at the top of the table in the process.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score the only goal of the game ten minutes after the interval and it was enough to hand the home side all three points. It was an even contest though, with both teams having their chances.
Ramos believes that Madrid actually had the better of the game,‘especially in the first half’. Throughout the whole game though, the defender says that he and his team put in ‘so much work and sacrifice’
that they ‘deserved more’ than to lose the game.
Continuting his assessment of the first half in particular, Ramos said that Madrid ‘found space to do damage to Barca’ and had their chances to opening the scoring. The reality is that they failed to take these chances though and this eventually cost them the game.
Regardless of the defeat, Ramos believes that the whole squad can come out of the game with their ‘heads held high’ because they ‘played well’.
It was certainly a remarkable improvement from the last time the sides met at the end of last season when Barcelona ran out 6-2 winners. The end result is still the same though – three points to Barca and none to Madrid.
In terms of the league table now, Pep Guardiola’s men have overtaken Real at the top and currently lead them by two points. Everything is still very close though and the title race is likely to be much closer
than last year.
Ramos and Madrid will just have to hope that they can record an overdue victory against their rivals when the teams meet again in April to improve Real Madrid's La Liga title odds.
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