Ramos ‘wanted red card sooner’

Sergio Ramos has claimed that “I’d have got sent off sooner” if he knew Real Madrid would beat Barcelona in Saturday’s Clasico with 10 men.

Ramos courted controversy at Camp Nou as he was adjudged to have got away with a series of challenges before his eventual dismissal on 83 minutes, which was followed by Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner in a 2-1 victory moments later.

“We can’t be arrogant now that we’ve won,” the defender said after the game.

“The beauty of football is that it offers revenge, but we must keep our feet on the ground.

“Step by step [are we getting the fans back on side].

“The fans deserve this after so much suffering. it’s important that we arrive [at the business end of the season] at the best level.

“[This win] is a way of regaining confidence, a prize. We’re working very hard to achieve something important. This is the way forward.

“Madrid are obligated to win, and there are still many points at stake.

“The goal from Cris [Ronaldo] was for those who said he couldn’t score in these games.

“We did enough damage on the counterattack with one less man.

“If I knew that we’d win with one less man, I’d have got sent off sooner!”

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