​Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has been seen playing with a face mask off late after breaking his nose during the club's clash against rivals Atletico Madrid in the La Liga. However, Ramos went into the game against Borussia Dortmund last night without the mask and has now revealed the real reason behind his decision.

The 31-year-old revealed that he removed the mask because he felt uncomfortable in it and was able to play much better afterwards. 

"I stayed for a time with the mask but I preferred to set it aside to be more comfortable. It does mean I play with a risk of being hit, but fortunately I wasn’t", Ramos said as quoted by ​Express.

The Los Blancos who have not had the best of starts to the La Liga this season suffered a scare against Dortmund despite racing to a two-goal lead. The conceded two goals either side of half-time but were saved by Lucas Vasquez who scored the winner on the night.

"It has been a pretty intense match. The first half hour we left with a great intensity. We got that level and they were able to take advantage of its chances", he added.

The win ensured that Real finished second in the group behind Tottenham Hotspur and progress to the knock-out stages where they will be once again be considered as one of the favourites to life the trophy for a third consecutive time.