Piqué rebukes Ramos for assault on Messi – Mourinho’s explanation
In just a few days, FC Barcelona have drastically worsened the mood at Real Madrid. After the double bankruptcy in Clasico, the royal house blessing is hanging crooked. In the aftermath, however, Sergio Ramos’s unpunished assault on Lionel Messi was discussed in particular.
It was an inglorious finish to the first 45 minutes, Ramos lifted the ball right past Messi and jumped into the air. During the movement, Reals captain took the ball out with his left forearm and hit Barcelona’s superstar in the face. The game continued as Messi rolled on the floor. Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco did not interrupt the game – and instead whistled 30 seconds later at half time.
It only took a fraction of a second for Mallenco to be pressed by four Barça pros. They demanded a red card, but video assistant Mateu Lahoz was not forced to intervene either. Messi stood head to head with Ramos after the scene, then showed Mallenco his bleeding lip. Messi and his colleagues shook their heads, however. In the end, the 1-0 away win was even more satisfying.
“It was not intentional,” Ramos made clear after the final whistle: “He resented me, but it was an involuntary movement. For the scene, the Spanish international didn’t even see yellow. He picked it up in the 61st minute, when he – of course – stopped Messi irregularly at one of his irresistible dribblings. Afterwards Ramos Referee Mallenco gesticulated wildly the opinion. Ramos saw his fifth yellow card for the tactical foul, which is why he will be missing from Real Valladolid next Sunday (8.45 pm). He will also have to watch from the stands in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Ajax on Tuesday.
“Sergio told me there was an easy contact.”
On the grass, Gerard Piqué spoke to his old national team mates. Afterwards he criticised: “Sergio told me that there was an easy contact, but when Leo bleeds it’s hard to believe. Was it intentional? I don’t know, you have to ask him. For me it was a clear red card. For the referee and the VAR – that was Mateu today, wasn’t it? – but it wasn’t a red card.”
There had already been trouble around Lahoz and Ramos in the Copa first leg (1-1). “He belongs on the pitch,” Piqué said about the Real captain at the beginning of February: “But it was Mateu, so we have to be satisfied. Irony resonated in all of the Catalan defender’s statements. So also: “For the fact that it was Mateu, he did a good job for the most part”.
That wasn’t the appearance of a happy team bursting with self-confidence.
Former coach José Mourinho at beIN Sports
Ramos’ former coach José Mourinho had an opinion on this subject, which is quite explosive. As an expert for “beIN Sports”, he accompanied the Clasico and said to the hotly debated scene: “The game did not have the fire of a derby, a Clasico that can be decisive for a title. I think Ramos did this to bring in more fire, to set emotions free for the second half.” In his opinion, the game was simply “too gentle”.
Basically, the state of Real worries him a little. “That wasn’t the appearance of a happy team bursting with self-confidence,” the Portuguese said. Mourinho particularly criticised the lack of passion, adding: “Sometimes you can achieve positive results with such a football against mediocre or weak teams. But when it comes to big teams, you have to do a lot more than that to win.” Real will have to show another face on Tuesday when an angry Ajax in the premier league wants to make up for the 2-1 draw in the first leg.