Real Madrid defender and captain Sergio Ramos has stated he is glad to see Barcelona struggle, believing their 2-1 triumph kick started the slump.
Barcelona have lost their advantage at the top of the table after going on a four-match winless streak.
Luis Enrique’s men are now level on points with Atleti, while Ramos’ side sit one point behind, and the defender admits that watching their fierce rivals struggle has brought him joy.
“Of course I enjoy things going badly at Barcelona. I like it because it benefits us,” Ramos told COPE .
“I do not wish bad things on anyone, though. I enjoy their struggles for sporting reasons. Everything that is bad for Barcelona is good for Real Madrid.
“Us beating them at Camp Nou was a big blow for them. A Clasico is always about more than just three points. It is the game of the season. It was tough for them mentally.
“They could have decided La Liga, but we reduced the gap instead. Of course, that leads to doubts.
“The league was theirs to lose. They have everything in their own hands, so you can say they lost the title if they don’t win it.”
Ramos also had his say on the ongoing war of words between Gerard Pique and Alvaro Arbeloa and feels the Barcelona defender should know better than to engage in childish mind games.
“You cannot avoid these kinds of debates. But an experienced player like Pique should avoid these sorts of childish things,” he added.
“I think a little humour never hurts but there is a time and place for such actions and always, of course, without disrespecting either party.”