Sergio Ramos was involved in yet another controversy in the El Clasico, as the Madrid captain apparently hit Lionel Messi in the face during the game.
Goals or no goals, El Clasico never fails to entertain us with moments which no other rivalry can create. Ivan Rakitic’s goal was the only difference between Barcelona and Real Madrid in the battle of the best but the game had its very own ‘Clasico’ moments.
Mourinho on Ramos-Messi Contraversy:
The most noticeable controversy of the night was Sergio Ramos apparently hitting Lionel Messi just before the half time. The Catalan captain did not get up from the ground after the collision and was furious at the referee for not stopping the game and penalising Ramos.
Former Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho accused the Madrid captain of deliberately hitting Messi in order to increase the “temperature of the game”.
“I think in the first half, both teams when they had the ball, they did not hurt the opponent too much. There was no intensity on the defensive actions, with everybody playing in a low-medium block. It was not the temperature of a derby, of a Clasico that can settle the title.”, said the Portuguese.
“I think Sergio Ramos’ action probably is coming from a player that knows the game has to change. And probably he does it with the intention of creating a different temperature for the second half, because the game until then was really soft, in my opinion.” He added.
Ramos escaped without a booking for that particular incident but was booked for a body check on Messi in the second half. The Spaniard will now miss Real’s next league game against Valladolid. Ramos is also suspended for Madrid’s Champions League clash against Ajax FC on Tuesday, after he received a yellow card in the first leg. UEFA later confirmed that the defender will in fact be suspended for two UCL games due to “deliberately getting himself booked”.
Ramos will be next in action on 16th March March for Real’s league game against Celta Vigo.
Jose Mourinho does have a point about how Real Madrid needing to increase the temperature of the game as it was a very soft performance from Los Blancos. But no professional footballer, especially Ramos, despite his controversial resume, would ever hit or hurt a fellow footballer on purpose.