Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has criticised the manner in which Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos collided with Lionel Messi, and said that the Argentine had blood in his mouth following the clash.

Ramos had a flailing arm that hit Messi in the face, leaving the forward crumpled following the collision. Both players squared off against each other, but things did not get out of hand in the Clasico.

However, Pique was critical of his countryman's methods, and disagreed with ​Jose Mourinho's analysis that the Real Madrid captain did that just to increase the intensity of a poor game.

"Leo had blood in his mouth. It was an aggression. "Intensity does not have to be measured. I get along great with the Real Madrid players," he said, according to Goal.

"But when you go out to the field you defend your colours and the rivalry is what you get. But once the game is over, the cordiality is mutual, the players respect us very much."

"I have lived these games since I was a child. I know how hard it is to win here, we knew how to suffer when we had to do it and we took advantage of our chance. I think we played better than the other day, even if the result is closer. It's a boost for the league, it gives us a certain tranquility in the face of the next matches," he concluded.

Barcelona are well on their way to win ​La Liga again, having pulled away with a 12-point lead over Real Madrid. They currently have a 10-point lead over second-placed ​Atletico Madrid but the latter still have a game in hand this weekend.