Casemiro: Ref not to blame, but…

Casemiro insists Real Madrid cannot blame the referee for their 2-2 draw with Barcelona in the Clasico, ‘even if he could’ve awarded Marcelo a penalty.’

“There were a few discrepancies in some pieces of play,” the midfielder told Movistar+ Partidazo after the game.

“We had control of the game with one extra man, [Messi’s] quality made the difference for 2-1 and without Ronaldo we lost a bit of rhythm in the second half, but the result is fair, even if the referee could’ve awarded Marcelo a penalty.

“We want to make it clear that it’s not the referee’s fault we drew, even though there were some discrepancies in one piece of play.

“It was a great game between two teams and I think they both enjoyed the game. We shouldn’t talk about the referee, he always wants to do his best.

“He can make mistakes that affect one team or the other, so we mustn’t talk about the referee but rather the game, which saw two teams go for the win, even though Barca are champions, and we showed that we’re the two best teams in La Liga.

“Our objective? When you wear the Real Madrid jersey, it always demands the maximum from you. It doesn’t matter if Barca are champions.

“I’ll stick with the Champions League Final. Congratulations to Barca for playing better than us in La Liga and picking up more points than us, but we have a beautiful opportunity to show we’re the best in Europe.”

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