Gerard Pique produced a defensive masterclass at the Bernabeu on Saturday night, helping Barcelona to secure yet another victory over fierce rivals Real Madrid in the process.
Barça took a huge step towards winning La Liga with a 1-0 victory in the Spanish capital. Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half to leave his side 10 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid and 12 ahead of Real Madrid in third.
The Catalan giants, who also won 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, have now won their league matches away at Real Madrid four seasons in a row.
Barça edge ahead of Madrid in terms of Clasico victories for the first time in 87 years.
They have now won 96 of the meetings between the two sides, while Madrid have won 95. There have also been 51 draws.
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Pique and Sergio Ramos have long been the antagonists in this fixture and both were involved in their own separate controversies on Saturday evening.
Ramos caught Lionel Messi with an elbow towards the end of the first half, drawing blood and sparking an angry reaction from Barça’s number 10.
As the two sides walked off the pitch at half-time, Pique then made a gesture to the home fans inside the Bernabeu.
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Pique explained his gesture to the media in the aftermath of the match and insisted he doesn’t regret it.
"Leo had blood on his lip," Pique was quoted as saying by ESPN. "It was aggressive [from Ramos] and it seemed like a red card to me.
"With the gesture, I was referring to the fact they talk [about referees and VAR] but sometimes things go in their favour.
"Pulses are racing at 1,000 miles an hour and it was just a general gesture. I don't regret it, it was how I felt at that moment. I like it when the atmosphere heats up and [the gesture] was to get it going a little bit more."
Per Spanish newspaper Marca, the Spanish defender added: "I made the talking gesture because they complain many times and then the referees whistle in their favour."
Pique, there, fanning the flames like usual.
It seems he believes a more hostile atmosphere had the potential to spark an improved second-half performance from Barça.
Let’s face it: he knows Real Madrid fans will never like him, so he had little to lose with his latest antagonistic gesture.News Now - Sport News