MADRID – Cristiano Ronaldo turned bitterly on his team-mates on Saturday night after Real Madrid crashed 1-0 at home to city rivals Atletico.
Antoine Griezmann scored the only goal of the game as Zinedine Zidane lost his first Madrid derby and may have seen his side’s title dreams extinguished in the process.
One of the most expensively assembled sides in history — costing around £300million — was booed off at the end and Ronaldo then raged: ‘If everyone else was playing at my level maybe we would be top of the table.’
The defeat leaves Real nine points behind Barcelona having played a game more.
Ronaldo added: ‘We had more chances than them but it was not to be. The league is now very difficult but we still have the Champions League to play for.
‘We are without Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Pepe. We have a lot of injuries and it is difficult under those circumstances.
‘I don’t know if it is because of bad preparation at the start of the season or why.
‘I don’t want to talk badly about my team-mates, but I would rather play with Gareth and with Karim and with Marcelo and it is not the same when they are not there.’
Real coach Zidane had few answers in his post-match press conference admitting: ‘I am not happy with the performance. I did not expect that today.
‘We are not going to throw this season away we have got a game on Wednesday and we need to look to that. You always feel screwed when you lose a game. It is not a physical problem; today the problem was more a mental one. We were lacking in many things.’
Atletico coach Diego Simeone has now only lost once in his last seven games at the Bernabeu.
The Argentine said: ‘We deserved to win the game. Our intensity was excellent and we gave a very good account of ourselves.
‘Anyone who wants to know what we are about that was a good example today. Football is difficult to explain sometimes.
‘We are still growing and we have a lot of young players who will only make the team better. It is very difficult to imagine that Barcelona will lose three games but we have to just finish as well as we can.’
Just about the only consolation for Real was the second-half performance from 18-year-old forward Borja Mayoral, who looks a really impressive prospect.
But rather than cheer on the youngster, Real supporters instead turned on president Florentino Perez, demanding that he resign.
It is 10 years since he quit after his first spell in charge of the club claiming that he had ‘spoiled’ his Galatico signings and had to leave for the good of the club. – Daily Mail