Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says he wasn’t surprised by Barcelona’s heavy loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League this week, and “doesn’t like” to see their La Liga rivals win.
After the Catalans suffered an embarrassing 4-0 defeat away to the French side on Tuesday, Real Madrid cruised to a 3-1 home victory over Napoli 24 hours later in first-leg matches in the Round of 16.
When probed if he was happy after seeing Barcelona lose heavily, Ramos told reporters: “I won’t say no.
“I don’t like to see my friends suffer, but obviously I don’t like Barcelona to win.”
Angel Di Maria, a former Real Madrid winger, scored twice in PSG’s rout, which didn’t surprise 30-year-old Ramos.
“I wasn’t [surprised],” he said. “What it means is that in Champions League any team pays for a bad game. PSG did a great game, put pressure in the front.”
Real Madrid, who hold a one-point lead over Barcelona in La Liga with two games in hand, came from behind to put Napoli to the sword on Wednesday night.
Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro found the back of the net at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to put Real on track for the quarterfinals.
The victory was slightly soured by an injury to Ramos, who limped off the field in the 71st minute.
“I suffered a blow and I hurt my hip and adductor,” he said. “I held on as I could until I thought the result was good, to wait for the tests.”
“Hopefully it’s not anything muscular.”
Ramos made his 500th appearance for Real in the 3-1 victory over Osasuna in La Liga last Sunday.