Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was likely fearing the worst after Sergio Ramos was sent off during Real Madrid's clash against Barcelona last night.
The defender was handed his marching orders with less than 10 minutes remaining at the Nou Camp and with the scores tied at 1-1.
Barcelona pushed forward for a winner that would have all but sealed La Liga for the Catalan club, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to stun the home crowd into silence with a late winner.
Having been bailed out by his illustrious team-mate following his departure, Ramos was in a jocular mood. Indeed, the former Sevilla defender felt as though he'd been let off the hook so much that he joked he would have got sent off earlier had he known Madrid would go on to win.
"We did plenty of damage on the break, with one player less," he told reporters.
"If I had realised what would happen with one player less, that we'd have won with the sending off, I'd have got myself sent off in the fifth minute."
Barcelona claimed a 4-0 win against Madrid at the Bernabeu while Rafa Benitez was still in charge earlier this season, and Ramos admitted both he and his team-mates were out for revenge last night as they went in search of their first win at the Nou Camp since 2012.
"The good thing about football is it gives you a chance for revenge," the defender explained. "You must always keep your feet on the ground. Our fans deserved this after so much suffering. It was important to arrive here at our best level.
Despite the loss, Barcelona still have a commanding lead at the top of La Liga. Luis Enrique's side are six points clear of Atletico Madrid, and seven ahead of Real with seven games remaining.
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