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Being the Best on the Pitch Has Never Been Enough to Win

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Two coaches. 22 players. And a referee. That's what football is about.

See that man in yellow? He also plays a part
See that man in yellow? He also plays a part

In a match where 3 out of 7 goals were scored just because of the referee and 33% of the playing time one team played against ten men because of another decision by the man in yellow, the analysts should talk and discuss Undiano Mallenco's officiating.

There is a trend between some football pundits about not mentioning the referee at all. And that could never be a complete analysis of what happened during the match. And Sunday's Clásico is the ultimate proof. The referee called three penalties -one for Real Madrid and two for Barcelona- that were just bad calls. And he sent Sergio Ramos off in one of them, meaning that los blancos were down to ten men for almost a third of the game. There's no way to ignore or deny the referee's influence.

To be the best team on the pitch has never been enough. Some fans thought that Real Madrid's bad luck with refereeing against FC Barcelona was due to Mourinho's antics. But then why is Carlo Ancelotti experiencing the exact same thing over the two Clásicos played this season? The answer is simple. Real Madrid are way behind FC Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid in the underground race for the Liga BBVA title.

And Cristiano Ronaldo and Ramos' words will not improve that anytime soon.