Here is what Sergio Ramos told his Real Madrid teammates after going 3-0 down against Barcelona which shows how far they have fallen.
These two sides have produced some classic encounters over the past few years. When Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho were the managers of Barcelona and Real Madrid, there was nothing short of intense rivalry coupled with quality football. However, there has been a dip in both of these, especially after the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.
Barcelona and Real Madrid went toe-to-toe during the first leg and score one apiece at Nou Camp earlier this month. However, Ernesto Valverde’s men were too hard to handle as the Blaugrana took the chances which fell in their way, unlike the hosts on Wednesday.
During the first half, Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior had excellent chances to go ahead in the game, but they failed to convert it to provide an opportunity for the visitors who did not have much control of the game.
Luis Suarez picked out an extraordinary spot and stroke the ball with enough venom to ensure that the goalkeeper Keylor Navas was not getting behind the end of it. When Ousmane Dembele broke through the counter-attack through the left flank he saw Luis Suarez’s run and squared the ball.
However, Raphael Varane got a piece of a ball and it ended up inside the back of his own net. Barcelona rubbed the salt on the wounds when Luis Suarez won a penalty in the second half and he humiliated the shot-stopper Navas with a cheeky Panenka spot kick.
Luis Suarez massively trolling Sergio Ramos with a Panenka penalty right in front of him at the Bernabeu.
— Andy West (@andywest01) February 27, 2019
Only five players have made 40+ #Clasico appearances:
• Manuel Sanchís (43)
• Francisco Gento (42)
• Xavi (42)
• Sergio Ramos (41)
• Lionel Messi (40) 🆕
Messi just the second Barca player to do so. pic.twitter.com/kXVxMKDvKf
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 27, 2019
The Real Madrid camp were really worried about their shambolic defensive display which never kept the shape.
According to the Spanish publication Marca, Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos shouted to his fellow teammates “Let’s not let them score six” to make sure that none gave up on the defensive part of the game after going 3-0 down.
GOL | After Barcelona scored the third goal of the night, Sergio Ramos screamed at his teammates: “Let’s NOT let them score SIX!” 🤣 pic.twitter.com/OuRTNSdeRP
— مَها (@MahaXVIII) February 28, 2019
The Los Blancos invite Barcelona to Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday again in the La Liga action. If Santiago Solari’s side loses the successive game, they will go adrift five points away from their local rivals Atletico Madrid.
Following that game, they will face Ajax in the Champions League round of 16 at Santiago Bernabeu three days later. The Spanish outfit have the upper hand going into the second leg with two away goals and one goal lead, but they cannot afford to slip up against the Dutch side with the confidence hitting the rock bottom in recent weeks.
The Real Madrid skipper will be unavailable for that tie against Ajax which might pile even more pressure on the reigning European Champions.