Sergio Ramos felt the whistles he received during Real Madrid’s 4-1 win against Al Ain on Saturday were ‘inexplicable’.
“We’ve reached an objective that we’d marked out,” the defender said after his side lifted the Club World Cup.
“It’s the prize of having won the Champions League. We wanted to finish the year with our third consecutive World Cup and after winning it, it’s time for a few days’ rest so we can come back stronger.”
The whistles were understood to have been motivated by Ramos’ clash with Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah in the Champions League Final last season.
“The whistles were inexplicable. I think we have to respect footballing figures. We’re doing very well on all fronts,” he argued.
“Real Madrid can’t be considered dead because we’ll be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.
“My block on the line? He beat me down the right, but I was able to get my left leg to cover the goal.
“The ball went out and it was a piece of play that marked the first half. We deserved to win the trophy.”