Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that Real Madrid could have no complaints after their 0-1 loss to Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday night.
Diego Costa’s 11th-minute strike proved to be the difference between the sides, thus handing the Rojiblancos their first Liga win over their city rivals since 1999.
Speaking after the game, Ronaldo refused to make any excuses for the loss but called for a sense of perspective, despite the fact that Madrid now trail leaders Barcelona and Atleti by five points. “We did not play well; we did not deserve to win,” the 28-year-old forward was quoted by Sport.es.
“Atletico scored an early goal and won the game well. It wasn’t comfortable for us because we had to play with all their players behind the ball. So it was difficult to score. We should not dramatise this. We should keep our heads up, fight and keep working because we have a lot to win this year.”
Atletico have made an excellent start to the season, with matchwinner Costa having scored eight goals in the opening seven league fixtures to help his side maintain a 100 per cent record. However, despite Madrid losing touch with the early pacesetters, Ronaldo insisted that their is plenty of time to rectify any wrongs and backed boss Carlo Ancelotti to turn los Merengues’ fortunes around.
“It’s a big advantage,” the attacker said when asked about Madrid’s five-point deficit. “But we must continue to work with the hope that we will have a phenomenal season. We are not perfect but we’ve not become a bad team.
“Some things change because we have new players and tactics but let’s not dramatise. We have a great squad and a great coach — we must be united to win titles.” Atleti’s win moved them to 21 points from seven games, level with Barcelona at the top of the table, while Madrid are third, with 16.
Messi injured in 2-0 win
Meanwhile, Barcelona have confirmed that Lionel Messi will be out of action for two or three weeks due to a thigh injury. The 26-year-old opened the scoring in the 21st minute of Saturday’s Liga meeting with Almeria but hobbled from the field just moments later. Adriano’s goal then made it 2-0 and helped Barcelona continue their 100% start to the La Liga season.
The last time before Saturday that Atletico defeated Real Madrid in La Liga