Grind­ing it out in the genes, roars Ramos

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By AGENCE FRANCEPRESSE in Barcelona

Ser­gio Ramos said his stop­page-time equal­izer against Barcelona proved a nev­er­say-die at­ti­tude is part of Real Madrid’s DNA.

Ramos strode for­ward from de­fence to head home and earn a 1-1 draw in El Cla­sico on Satur­day af­ter Luis Suarez’s 53rd-minute opener looked set to end Madrid’s 32-game un­beaten run.

The vic­tory main­tained Real’s six-point lead at the top of the ta­ble over Barca.

“The team has again showed that we came here to win the game, it wasn’t to be but we got a point,” said Ramos.

“At the end of the day the DNA of Real Madrid obliges you to fight un­til the end, to al­ways have hope.”

Ramos’ header was a ham­mer blow for Barca, who has now dropped more points at home al­ready this cam­paign than it did last sea­son in to­tal.

“It shows that we have done things well since the start of the sea­son, but we can’t go crazy,” added Ramos.

“Six points is just two games. There is a long way to go and Barca and the other teams be­low will make things very dif­fi­cult.

“We pre­fer to rely on our­selves, but nei­ther should we be singing from the rooftops.”

De­spite Ramos’ hero­ics,

Barcelona boss Luis En­rique be­lieves the Span­ish champion will need a dra­matic im­prove­ment in its home form if it is to pre­vent Real Madrid run­ning away with a first La Liga ti­tle in five years.

Ser­gio Ramos’s stop­page­time equal­izer sal­vaged a point for Madrid in a 1-1 draw in El Cla­sico on Satur­day to main­tain a six-point lead at the top of the ta­ble.

Un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally, Barca has al­ready dropped nine points at home in La Liga this sea­son in, win­ning just three of its seven matches at Camp Nou.

“Right now there is a solid leader that have gone many games with­out slip­ping up,” said En­rique.

“They have the re­sources and va­ri­ety in their play to keep

Madrid’s stand­out per­former was Luka Mo­dric as the Croa­t­ian ran the mid­field in the open­ing 45 min­utes be­fore Barca upped their game af­ter the break.

“We played like a team,” said Mo­dric.

“If we leave it all out on the field, it is very dif­fi­cult to beat us. We have to do this in ev­ery game, not just in El Cla­sico.”

Suarez awoke from an of­f­colour dis­play to head home Ney­mar’s free-kick to give Barca the lead.

How­ever, Luis En­rique’s men were left to rue huge missed chances from Ney­mar and Lionel Messi be­fore Ramos’ late lev­eller.

One piece of pos­i­tive news for Barcelona, though, was the re­turn of cap­tain An­dres Ini­esta from in­jury as the Spain in­ter­na­tional put on a vir­tu­oso dis­play as a sec­ond­half sub­sti­tute in mid­field.

“The feel­ing could be that we’ve dropped two points, but there is no time to feel sorry for our­selves,” said Ini­esta.

“The games come thick and fast and we have to win and hope Madrid slip up.

“Madrid are a dan­ger­ous team but we played well.

“Nor­mally you are left with what comes last and that was Madrid’s equal­izer. It was a shame not to have taken our chances at 1-0.”

At the end of the day the DNA of Real Madrid obliges you to fight un­til the end, to al­ways have hope.” Ser­gio Ramos, on his stop­page­time equal­izer in El Cla­sico

MANU FERNANDEZ / AP

Barcelona's Lionel Messi col­lides with Real Madrid's Ser­gio Ramos dur­ing the teams’ 1-1 La Liga draw at Camp Nou on Satur­day.

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