Real Madrid stopper Sergio Ramos last night took aim at the officials in La Liga for favouring Barcelona over his side, following their defeat at the hands of Real Betis.
The Spanish and European champions have started out their domestic title defence in uncharacteristically poor form, having picked up just 8 points from their opening 5 fixtures.
Los Blancos have been particularly disappointing in front of their home fans at the Bernabeu, where they have yet to manage a victory in three league outings.
This run continued last night, as the capital giants fell to a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis.
Despite Madrid being buoyed by the return of Cristiano Ronaldo following his early-season ban, and Zidane’s men creating a number of clear-cut opportunities on the night, a 94th minute sucker punch from Betis striker Antonio Sanabria saw the champions fall 7 points behind great rivals Barcelona in the La Liga standings.
Oft-controversial defender Sergio Ramos was questioned on his side’s difficult start to the campaign in his post-match interview last night, with the performances of La Liga’s officials once again brought to the fore:
‘The more we talk about the referees the worse it gets.’
‘We need to respect the officials and hope they try to perform the best way possible.’
‘I am not surprised that they don’t award penalties for us, but that they do for Barcelona.’ (Quotes via Marca)
‘However, if we’d scored three goals then we wouldn’t be upset about it.’
‘We have had a frustrating start [to the season], one which is worrying.’
‘We’ve played against opponents who normally leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu with another kind of result, but now we need to move on, self-evaluate and think about the upcoming fixtures.’
‘We are the same players who were winning titles a month and a half ago.’
‘We need to be united and think about ourselves, as we have a great squad and there can be no excuses.’