Barca don't deserve Madrid guard of honour -Zidane

Barcelona was already on the verge of defeating their bitter rivals who failed to mount a guard of honour for them when Gareth Bale levelled for the Champions League finalist to deny Barça a win.

Barcelona played the entire second half of the 2-2 draw with 10 men after Roberto's foolish retaliation in added time.

"We've spoken a lot about this", Valverde said. It had extra caffeine. Obviously, we want to win, irrelevant of the table - and they will too, given the situation and our rivalry.

Bale had risked getting sent off for raking his studs against Samuel Umtiti's leg but escaped without a booking on that occasion and Roberto was sent off moments later for hitting Marcelo following an off-the-ball tussle.

The home fans were raging as the half-time whistle blew but, with Marco Asensio on for Ronaldo, they were celebrating eight minutes after the restart.

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said Barcelona forward Lionel Messi put pressure on the referee at halftime in Sunday's thrilling "Clasico" at the Nou Camp which ended 2-2 after a series of controversial decisions.

"We always respect Barcelona but in that play I thought kicking the ball out was not necessary".

Both sides pushed for a victor and Real could have had a penalty when Jordi Alba caught Marcelo but Barca clung on to remain unbeaten in the league with three games to go.

Barcelona has matches left against Villarreal, Levante and Real Sociedad to try and become the first team to go unbeaten in the competition since the 1930s, when it consisted of 10 teams compared to 20 now. "It's not a worry for the Champions League final.we're all going to be there".

Even though nothing was at stake, both teams played with all the emotion of a final.

Barca host Real as La Liga and Copa del Rey champions but Zidane's side will not perform a "pasillo", the tradition of players applauding their opponents onto the pitch.


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