By Matt Porter For Mailonline
Published: 00:19 GMT, 2 March 2020 | Updated: 00:19 GMT, 2 March 2020
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has slammed Real Madrid's first-half performance in El Clasico, even though the Catalans ended up losing the match 2-0.
'That was one of the worst Real Madrid displays that I've come across at the Santiago Bernabeu in the first half,' said Pique after the game.
Barcelona couldn't find a way through in the first-half, and then Vinicius Jr and Mariano Diaz scored for the hosts in the second.
Gerard Pique slammed Real Madrid's first-half performance, and Sergio Ramos hit back
Gerard Pique says it's the worst first-half performance he's seen from Madrid at the Bernabeu
The Madrid captain hit back, saying he would gladly play badly if it meant winning the match
'We controller the game in the first half,' said Pique. 'In the second half they pushed us back and they scored the first goal against us in a disappointing moment.
'If only we'd made the most of the game in the first half. I'm not saying it as a criticism. Each team has their problems. We're hardly very good.
'We were able to stamp our authority. If we'd made the most of our chances in the first half, they would've had a mountain to climb.'
Real Madrid have now leapfrogged Barcelona to take pole position in LaLiga, having started the night two points behind.
It will most likely be these two teams battling it out for the title, but both have slipped up and lost points multiple times already this season.
'They come away from this reinforced and we're affected but we