Real can still win the league – Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo admits Barcelona were “much better” than Real

Madrid on Saturday night, but still insists his side can win the

title.

Madrid went into the encounter at the Bernabeu holding a

slight advantage at the top of the table courtesy of their better

goal difference, but they are now three points behind their arch

rivals after slumping to a 2-0 loss.

To make matters worse for the capital club, Barca now also

boast the better head-to-head record having also won 1-0 at the Nou

Camp earlier this season, and that means Madrid need the defending

champions to drop points in at least two of their remaining seven

games if they are to pip Pep Guardiola’s men to the championship.

Last term Madrid capitulated after being thrashed 6-2 in the

corresponding fixture, losing each of their final five games and in

the process their Primera Division title having prior to ‘El

Clasico’ trimmed Barca’s lead at the summit from 12 points to four

following a remarkable run of results.

Madrid were also in stunning form going into last night’s

game, with 12 successive league wins behind them and a 100% record

at home with 15 victories out of 15, and there is the danger now

that the fall-out from losing their fourth successive ‘Clasico’

could spell the end of the club’s challenge.

Madrid’s players insist otherwise, however, with Ronaldo

saying: “Barcelona were much better than us, but we need to lift

our heads because there are seven games left.

“If we win the league you cannot talk about failure. We need

to believe it’s possible.

“We’re professionals and you cannot give up. We can win the

league.

“It’s never good to lose but we have to learn from the

defeats. Sometimes we win and others we lose, but we’ll see what

happens at the end.”

Defender Sergio Ramos added: “The team are going to continue

fighting to the death and we have to lift ourselves because there

is still a lot of the league left.”

The Spain international was also impressed by Barca, who took

the lead midway through the first half when Lionel Messi slotted

home his 40th goal of the season and then sealed the triumph just

after half-time with a breakaway goal from Pedro Rodriguez.

“Barcelona played an almost perfect match tactically,” said

Ramos.