Marcelo: Madrid suffered to win

Marcelo spoke of the “suffering” Real Madrid endured after their 2-1 victory over Barcelona in the Clasico on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a comeback win for Madrid and their first at Camp Nou since 2012, having fallen behind to Gerard Pique’s equaliser just shy of an hour in and had Sergio Ramos sent off, and Marcelo felt his side were “deserved” victors for the manner in which they stifled the Catalans.

“It was a deserved victory, we knew we had to suffer,” the left-back said after the game.

“Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world, it’s very difficult to play at Camp Nou and we had a debt to the fans, but today we proved that we could [pay it back].

“All the teams who play Barca have to suffer, and the counterattack made things easier for us.

“From Keylor [Navas] to the whole team, the players did well. Playing against Barca is very difficult, but at times we kept the ball.

“Staying back is very difficult, but the first thing is to defend.

“These are three points and they give us the determination to keep fighting.

“[On Ramos’ red card], he’s very big, he didn’t hit [his opponents’] ear, but it’s problem, he always does everything to help the team.”

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