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Sergio Ramos: “If what they wanted was to balance La Liga, they've done it”

NEWS | 23/03/2014

Sergio Ramos spoke to the press after the league match with Barcelona: “We have to take the result on the chin and turn the page. If they wanted to balance the league table, they've done it". 
It is not an excuse, it's the reality. We all make mistakes, but there comes a point where the nerve is unbelievable. There are things you can't fight against. Let's hope those that need to take note and that they let us fight for titles”.

“It was a very tense Clásico with a lot of goals, and there are no excuses. We have always had this type of game where there is only one protagonist. We don't generally talk about referees, but for the good of Real Madrid and of football, let's hope Undiano does not officiate another of our games this season, because coincidentally something always happens. First in the Camp Nou and today in the Bernabéu”.

Controversial moments
“I've seen the replays. You have to see both sides of the story. I think the penalty on Ronaldo was outside the box and Alves didn't receive a yellow. In Xabi's there was contact but I don't think it was a penalty. In my sending off Neymar was offside beforehand and I didn't touch him. He was looking for contact. I slowed down because I would rather he scored that to be sent off and leave the team with 10 men. The club will appeal, but given what happened here, it won't make any difference”.

It's just one match and three points. We hope to get another victory against Sevilla. 

“We have to pick ourselves up, we won't feel sorry for ourselves. Everyone saw what happened today. You go home feeling powerless and that you could have got more from the game. If they wanted to balance the table, they've done it, but Real Madrid will keep on fighting for La Liga".

Undiano Mallenco's appointment
“I am surprised that they chose him. That is why there are people to take measures. There are some referees who are at one level and others who are above them. In these games where there is so much at stake you have to have the best there is. For this kind of game you have to have people who are more experienced or better prepared".

"Today's defeat is a shame because it was an important step, but there are things you cannot fight against and things that are predetermined. There is nothing you can do. When you are the biggest team in the world there is a lot of envy. And when you have the chance to get a big lead there are things you cannot fight against".

"It was a very intense and high-tempo Clásico, and there were spells in which they dominated and others in which we did. But when you go a man down against a Barcelona who dominate possession it is complicated".

Tired squad
“As captain I am the first to say it. Enough of keeping quiet. It is not a question of being a baby about it, not at all. If they win by other means well done to them. You have to be a good winner and a good loser but it comes to the point where the squad is tired of it. I don't have to say anything to the Federación. Sánchez Arminio is there to make the decisions. And for the good of Madrid, let's hope that we don't get Undiano in the final of the Copa".

“If Ronaldo said people don't want us to win the Liga it is because that's what we're all thinking. It's not just Cristiano who thinks that. Real Madrid is here on its own merit. We have to fight and we will do so. If there are obstacles put in our way we will fight through them, but there are people with a lot of responsibility in our country and in this sport for making decisions”.