A last gasp goal from Sergio Ramos earned Real Madrid a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou, but the centre-back suggested his team’s Saturday afternoon effort might have deserved all three points.
The result does maintain Los Blancos’ six-point advantage at the top of the table, but the goalscorer was disappointed not to have left Barcelona further behind.
“The team worked well and worked hard, but the result, based on my way of reading football, might not be completely fair,” the defender said after the match.
“In the first half we had more goalscoring opportunities, but we lacked efficiency in front of goal.
“Yet our hard work has ultimately given us a late reward.
“A point is better than nothing.”
Discussing the situation in the league table, in which Real Madrid lead Barcelona by 34 points to 28, Ramos heralded the results he and his teammates had picked up in the first months of the LaLiga season.
“The six-point advantage over Barcelona is the prize for the hard work we’ve put in from the start [of the season],” he explained.
“But we shouldn’t go crazy as there is a long way to go in the league.
“Yet it is better to have it in your own hands than in others’.”
Finally, the player reflected on the competitive nature of a match that was littered with fouls.
“It was a competitive game, with two teams who wanted possession of the ball,” the 30-year-old asserted.
“There was a very high level of intensity as it is a game with a lot of risk and where you are pushing the limits, but there should never be maliciousness, only sportsmanship.”
Next up for Real Madrid is a Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund in midweek, where they’ll aim for top spot in the group.