Sergio Ramos has vowed Real Madrid will not be getting carried away with the promising position they have engineered in La Liga.
Zinedine Zidane’s side maintained their six-point lead over arch-rivals Barcelona when Ramos scored a dramatic last-ditch equaliser at Camp Nou in the first El Clasico tussle of the season on Saturday.
It keeps Real firmly on course to win their first Spanish league title since the 2011/12 season. They have yet to be beaten in 14 games and the draw could prove crucial at the end of the season should Real and Barca finish level on points.
Ramos is not about to take anything for granted but he feels Real have earned their lead. “The points difference is reward for the hard work we’ve been doing since the start of the season,” he told the club’s website.
“We mustn’t get carried away because there’s still a long way to go in La Liga, but it’s better to have it in our own hands than to depend on others.”
Luis Suarez put the hosts in front on 53 minutes but Ramos ensured Real extended their unbeaten record in all competitions to 33 games with a late leveller.
The central defender felt his side merited a point in the Catalan capital, despite having to wait until the final minute to earn it.
“The team did a great job and worked hard. The score was an unfair reflection and then a great cross from (Luka) Modric created this fantastic goal,” he added.
“The hard work has reaped rewards and it’s better to get one point than nothing at all. We have to keep picking up points and maintaining the gap from Barcelona.” Real Madrid are 1.50 to win La Liga this season.