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The centre-half criticised Jose Mourinho's approach to the game in Barcelona's 2-0 Champions League semi-final victory over their rivals

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has criticised Real Madrid, claiming Jose Mourinho's men did not try to play football during the Catalan club's 2-0 victory in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie on Wednesday evening.

Lionel Messi's brace saw Pep Guardiola's team take two valuable away goals back to Camp Nou with the rivals set to meet for the second-leg next Tuesday.

Madrid complained about refereeing decisions going against them after Pepe was given a straight red for a challenge on Daniel Alves, but Pique was having none of it.

“They think the only way to stop us is playing like this [ill-tempered football],” the defender told Sky Sports. “They didn’t want to play football, they didn’t want to keep the ball.

“The red card was a red card. He [Pepe] tackled really strong and for Daniel Alves it could be painful and after that there was another reaction, I think Marcelo against Pedro – it was another red card.

“The referee can’t see it, but I think that finally we are really happy for the win and we’ve taken a really good step to go to the final.”

The former Manchester United centre-back and his team-mates will be back in league action at the weekend when they travel to the Basque country to face Real Sociedad.

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