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El Classico: Ramos Pleads With Fans

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Following FC Barcelona’s 4-0 hammering of Real Madrid on Sunday in the first El Classico fixture of the Spanish La Liga season, Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos has pleaded with the club’s fans, asking for forgiveness and patience with the team.

The Spanish international also insisted the players are behind manager, Rafael Benitez, who was managing his first El Classico game.

Speaking to newsmen on Sunday, the 29-year old said: “Obviously we are standing firmly by the manager.

“In order to be successful you have to remain united, and that’s even more the case when things don’t go well.

“We have to ask the Real Madrid fans for forgiveness for our poor performance. We didn’t play to the standards of this crest.

“With this pain comes an opportunity to exact revenge in a few months’ time.

“Words are cheap. Those affiliated with Real Madrid want action, not words. We, the team, are angrier than anyone because it was a match in which we had a chance to finish as league leaders.

“If football was like maths, then it would always work out as planned.”

The defeat left Real Madrid six points behind Barcelona.