Former Real Madrid manager, Jose Mourinho has revealed his impression on the Sergio Ramos-Lionel Messi collision in the first half of El Clasico, which was played at Bernabeu.
El Clasico is known as one of the intense fixtures in the history of football, with both the clubs fighting for an upper hand in the rivalry. Whenever the two sides meet, tempers and emotions starts flaring on the pitch.
A similar incident happened in the weekend when the two sides meet for second time in league and third time in the past month.
During the final minute of the first half Real Madrid Captain Sergio Ramos, collided with Lionel Messi, with the defender’s hand catching the face of the Barcelona forward. The Argentine was lying on the pitch with hands on his face. After that, the two skippers shared a heated moment.
During Mourinho’s managerial spell at Bernabeu, the rivalry of the two sides reached a new level because of the rivalry shared by the two managers Pep Guardiola and Mourinho.
Taking about the incident that happened in the first half, the Portuguese said :
“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.”
“I think in the first half, both teams when they had the ball, they did not hurt the opponent too much,” he said.
“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,” he concluded.
Following the 1-0 victory at Bernabeu, the Catalan side are now 12 points ahead of the Los Blancos. This was Madrid’s second loss in the past week after 3-0 defeat in the second leg of Copa Del Rey Semifinal.
The Catalan side has Progressed to their sixth consecutive CDR final after defeating the Men in Whites and still alive in the race for the treble. On the other hand, Madrid will have to turn their attention to the UEFA Champions League fixture against Ajax in the mid-week.