A typically ill-tempered Clasico saw Barca reduced to ten men in first half stoppage time with the sending off of Sergi Roberto.
Avoiding defeat stretches Barca's unbeaten run in La Liga to 35 games as they look to go the entire season without losing, and in celebration of their title-winning campaign, Pique gathered a number of Barcelona staff members to orchestrate the customary 'pasillo'. Atletico Madrid are second on 75 but have played one game more.
Zinedine Zidane opted to field his "BBC" forward line of Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo, which was previously a guaranteed feature of his starting eleven for big games but has rarely been seen in recent months with Bale's loss of status.
"It was nice, we both tried to do what we had to to win".
'We always respect Barcelona but in that play I thought kicking the ball out was not necessary'.
Ronaldo scored against Barcelona on Sunday but came off at half-time after injuring his ankle in the 2-2 draw at Camp Nou.
Eight yellow cards and one red were shown by referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez as tempers flared and players scuffled, but Valverde felt his side were in with a chance of claiming all three points despite their man disadvantage.
"Luckily we don't have VAR yet, or we'd still be playing", joked Valverde in his post-match press conference.
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El Clasico's can't always be lovely, and there's nothing wrong with the occasional war of attrition, but Sunday night's edition was so devoid of quality for long periods, that there were no real winners in the end.
"We started the match well, but Madrid hurt us each time we lost the ball. But a draw also isn't a bad result for us given how the game went".
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Gareth Bale pulled Madrid level again in the 72nd after curling in a pass by Asensio. Cristiano Ronaldo flicked the ball into the net 1:1.
So how did the Barcelona players fare against their arch rivals?
Barcelona fans create a mosaic reading 'champions!' in Catalan before the match.
"It's unusual if Sergi did hit Marcelo in the face, knowing Sergi as I do. VAR?"