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Piqué responds to Ramos over apparent PSG comeback barb

Speaking on Sunday, Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos had termed Barcelona's Champions League turnaround as "historic in every sense".
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Piqué responds to Ramos over apparent PSG comeback barb
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Gerard Piqué has responded to remarks by Sergio Ramos in which the Real Madrid captain appeared to allude to the refereeing in Barcelona's dramatic Champions League comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

Barça overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit in their last-16 tie with PSG last Wednesday by defeating the Ligue 1 side 6-1 in the return at the Camp Nou.

Ramos: PSG comeback "historic in every sense"

However, second-leg referee Deniz Aytekin has been widely criticised for a display deemed to have favoured Barça, with PSG submitting a complaint to UEFA.

And speaking after Real's LaLiga win over Real Betis on Sunday, Ramos seemed to nod to that controversy by describing Barça's comeback as "historic in every sense".

Piqué (background) celebrates with Sergi Roberto after the full-back's tie-winning goal against PSG.
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Piqué (background) celebrates with Sergi Roberto after the full-back's tie-winning goal against PSG.Vladimir Rys PhotographyGetty Images

Piqué: "He's right, it was historic"

But Piqué laughed off his Spain colleague's comments during an appearance at a promotional event on Thursday, saying: "What Ramos said didn't bother me.

"He's right, it was historic, I enjoyed it like a kid. It was a dream night. I've won Champions Leagues and the feeling the comeback brought was almost better.

"Now we have to try to go on and win the competition."

Champions League draw: "We're not afraid of anyone"

He also discussed Friday's Champions League quarter-final draw, insisting he's not worried about a possible pairing with one of the two Madrid teams in the hat.

"We've already knocked out Atlético Madrid in the Copa de Rey, and the last time we drew Real Madrid in Europe [in 2010/11] we knocked them out."

"We're not afraid of anyone," the 30-year-old added. "Whoever we get will be difficult."

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