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Messi had blood in his mouth – Piqué hits out at Ramos

Messi had blood in his mouth – Pique hits out at Ramos

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Gerard Piqué accused Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos of "aggression" towards Barcelona forward Lionel Messi during Saturday's LaLiga Clásico.

Lionel Messi had blood in his mouth after a clash with Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos during Saturday's LaLiga Clásico, claims Gerard Piqué.

Messi and Ramos were involved in a flashpoint in the first half of Barça's 1-0 win at the Santiago Bernabéu that moved Ernesto Valverde's men 10 points clear at the top of the LaLiga table.

Ramos knocked the ball past Messi but then seemed to thrust his arm into the face of the Barcelona captain, who made his displeasure clear to the officials, although Madrid's skipper was not punished.

Former Madrid head coach José Mourinho used an appearance as a pundit on beIN SPORTS to intimate Ramos had deliberately hit Messi to spark life into his spluttering side.

Ramos denied that was the case in a post-match interview but the defender's Spain team-mate Piqué was clear on who was to blame over the controversial incident.

"Leo had blood in his mouth," said Piqué. "It was an aggression.

"Intensity does not have to be measured. I get along great with the Real Madrid players.

"But when you go out to the field you defend your colours and the rivalry is what you get.

"But once the game is over, the cordiality is mutual, the players respect us very much."

First team to win three consecutive away games against Madrid

Barca also won at the Bernabéu on Wednesday, their 3-0 success at Madrid's home booking a place in the final of the Copa del Rey for the sixth year in a row.

Valverde's men have therefore made history by becoming the first team to win three consecutive away games against Madrid.

The Barça boss insists the title race is not over, with Atlético Madrid having a chance to move back within seven points of the leaders at Real Sociedad on Sunday.

But Piqué knows Barcelona are well on track to defend their LaLiga crown after another win at the Bernabéu.

"I have lived these games since I was a child," added Piqué. "I know how hard it is to win here, we knew how to suffer when we had to do it and we took advantage of our chance.

"I think we played better than the other day, even if the result is closer. It's a boost for the league, it gives us a certain tranquility in the face of the next matches."