Sergio Ramos has urged the Santiago Bernabeu crowd to put club loyalties aside and show respect to Gerard Pique during Spain’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Italy.
Real Madrid captain Ramos and Barcelona defender Pique are foes in La Liga but the pair will come together for Saturday’s international fixture in the Spanish capital.
Often outspoken, Pique has been targeted by boo boys during his time with the national team and Ramos pleaded with the Madrid supporters not to follow suit.
“To Pique or to anybody else you must always respect the players,” Ramos told reporters.
“[I ask the fans] to support us, it will be a tense and difficult match.
“We want to perform well and play a good game.”
Spain and Italy are level on 16 points atop the Group G standings, though Julen Lopetegui’s men occupy the summit due to their superior goal difference after six matches.