Barcelona defender Martin Montoya has refuted claims his side play acts and attempts to make the most of challenges.
Montoya, who said he was comfortable in the intense atmosphere of La Liga's first Clasico of the current campaign, was keen to dispel talk of Barca bending the rules. The young Spaniard was thrown into action early in the first half of the derby, replacing Dani Alves, and he even struck the bar as Barcelona drew 2-2 with rival Real Madrid, but the 21-year-old Montoya insists the Catalans do not go down easily in these kind of games.
"We are not theater people. I believe that people see this already, and if we are it is because they kick us. Montoya said. "I tried to play as I know, playing my game. I am very happy that I played, I felt very comfortable on the pitch, despite it being El Clasico."
Despite Barcelona having an eight-point advantage over Real Madrid so early in the league season, the fullback also moved to play down any potential complacency in the Barca camp.
"The league is not over yet. There are lots of games and lots of points. And we'll lead the way," Montoya said.
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