Sergio Ramos took a swipe at Real Madrid’s critics after his goal helped the Spanish giants return to the top of La Liga following a 2-0 win over Mallorca.
The veteran centre-half scored a rare free-kick which secured three points and saw Zinedine Zidane’s men leapfrog Barcelona.
The two teams are locked together on 68 points with seven games remaining but Real’s superior head-to-head record means they are in the box seat.
Following Real’s win over Valencia last week, Barcelona stalwart Gerard Pique claimed it would be impossible for his side to catch their rivals given how many marginal VAR calls have gone in their favour of late.
Ramos, however, took issue with that sentiment and believes such arguments are only being made now that Madrid have the edge in the title race.
‘There’s a lot of noise in the media because we’re leaders again,’ he told Movistar. They didn’t talk so much before. They talk about VAR, but I don’t think anyone has an advantage over the season.
‘We don’t pay attention to this noise. I don’t think they [the referees] take any predetermined decisions. It seems like we should be thanking the refs for being leaders! People shouldn’t be imagining things.
‘We’ve been working hard and since the lockdown, we’ve been united, and we deserve to be where we are.’
Ramos became the top-scoring defender in La Liga history against Real Sociedad last week, but the Madrid captain remains far more concerned with team performances and admitted they felt tired as the Mallorca.
‘I’ve always said this is a team game at the end of the day,’ he said. ‘The personal side makes you feel proud and motivates you but it’s secondary. The most important thing is the consistency of the team. It’s a job well done and three more points.
‘The team was tired, we felt that. Obviously, we don’t have long to recover between games, and we have to continue improving. We all know what our objective is but there are plenty of things we can improve.
‘Our play stagnated a little at times, but I think we can generally improve in all aspects. We could have put the game to bed earlier and taken more chances, played with the ball in their half. That’s what we want to do: we want to dominate more.’
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