The Ballon d’Or winner is adamant that his side are superior to their local rivals despite their heavy defeat on Saturday afternoon
Cristiano Ronaldo says that Real Madrid are a better team than Atletico Madrid despite being thrashed 4-0 by their city rivals on Saturday.
Goals from Tiago, Saul, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic handed Diego Simeone’s men a famous victory at the Vicente Calderon and cut the gap between the two sides in La Liga to four points.
But Ronaldo, who endured a difficult game after returning from suspension, is remaining defiant despite admitting that his team played poorly.
“Real Madrid are better than Atletico but we have to prove it on the field,” the Portuguese told reporters. “Anyway, I think we will win the Liga title at the end of the season.
“Nothing worked today. It is a day to forget. Real Madrid can never lose 4-0 against any team.
“We lacked enthusiasm and we were not mentally or physically fresh. There was little recovery time from Wednesday’s game [against Sevilla].”
Ronaldo, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday, doesn’t believe that Madrid should panic despite their heavy defeat.
“The team is fine, but today we made a big mistake,” he stressed. “These were three points that we lost. No more. Not four points.”
Madrid remain top of La Liga with 54 points from 22 games but second placed Barcelona can close to within one point if they win on Sunday against Athletic Bilbao.