Real Madrid deserved to beat Barcelona but title race is not over yet, insists Sergio Ramos

Los Blancos moved seven points clear at the top of the table with their victory at Camp Nou, but the inspirational Spain defender has pointed out that nothing has been decided yet
Sergio Ramos was in no doubt that Real Madrid were full value for their 2-1 Clasico success over Barcelona on Saturday night, but refused to accept that the win had all but sealed the title for Jose Mourinho's men.

Los Blancos took an early lead at Camp Nou through Sami Khedira only to see Barcelona, who dominated possession and territory throughout, draw level courtesy of Alexis Sanchez's strike with just 20 minutes remaining. However, Cristiano Ronaldo replied almost instantly for Madrid, who are now seven points clear of the Blaugrana with just four rounds of the season remaining.

Ramos felt that the capital club, who had been a constant threat on the counterattack, had implemented the perfect game plan in Catalunya but resisted the temptation to declare the title race over.

"We return home with three points taken against one of the best teams in the world and we believe we deserved to win," the versatile defender is quoted as saying by his club's official website.

"There are four games left and we still need six points to win mathematically. But, realistically speaking, the difference in points was marginal in these last few weeks of the championship.

"So, I would be lying if I told you we celebrated the victory like any other. But we're remaining calm because we haven't won the title yet."

Ramos admitted, though, that Madrid took enormous satisfaction at finally having defeated their great rivals at their sixth attempt this season.

"We shouldn't think about the past but you gradually learn how to hurt Barcelona and our latest clashes showed the difference between both sides was minimal," the Spain international mused.

"They also deserve credit and the results have always been well deserved. We shouldn't dwell on it but you feel somewhat relieved when you defeat a direct rival like Barcelona."

Ramos was also delighted that the game at Camp Nou was not marred by any controversial calls or unsavoury incidents.
"Nothing strange happened tonight [Saturday]," he pointed out. "There weren't any dubious efforts or challenges, and that's good for football. Madridistas had fun with their team tonight."

Madrid now turn their attention to the Champions League and Wednesday night's second-leg clash with Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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