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Sergio Ramos hits back at Real Madrid critics

Sergio Ramos has hit back at Real Madrid's critics as they returned to the top of La Liga.

The Spanish defender scored as Real beat Mallorca 2-0 to move ahead of rivals Barcelona through their superior head-to-head record, and he took issue at claims - including from Barcelona defender Gerard Pique - that the team have benefited from marginal VAR calls in their favour.

The 34-year-old skipper told Movistar: "There's a lot of noise in the media because we're leaders again. They didn't talk much before.

"They talk about VAR, but I don't think anyone has an advantage over the season.

"We don't pay attention to this noise. I don't think they (the referees) take any predetermined decisions. It seems like we should be thanking the refs for being leaders! People shouldn't be imagining things.

"We've been working hard and since the lockdown, we've been united, and we deserved to be where we are."

Ramos admitted the hectic schedule in the delayed La Liga season left Real feeling tired during the match.

He said: "I've always said this a team game at the end of the day.

"The personal side makes you feel proud and motivates you but it's secondary. The most important things is the consistency of the team. It's a job well done and three more points.

"The team was tired, we felt that. Obviously, we don't have long to recover between games, and we have to continue improving. We all know what our objective is but there are plenty of things we can improve."

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