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Cristiano Ronaldo: “We had more chances and deserved to win"

NEWS | 27/02/2016 | Bárbara Jiménez

“We went for the game and on a counter attack they scored”, said Danilo. 
Cristiano Ronaldo spoke to the media after the derby:"The explication is that we lost, we didn't play how we wanted to, we didn't mark, and Atlético had one chance and scored it. We played better but we haven't scored. We had more chances and we deserved to win. La Liga was difficult and it's become more difficult. We've still got the Champions League and we're not going to give up":

"We spoke in the changing room but that stays in there. When you loose it's always difficult but we have to keep going, there's a lot left. Zidane has given an optimistic message be cause he's an optimistic person. He has given us confidence but it's difficult loosing at home against Atlético. We played better than them but they were lucky to get the chance and score".

The coaches work
“Zidane can't play, but in my opinion he's doing a phenomenal job. He's a very calm person, very optimistic and he's making us better. You have to give him time and leave him alone". 

“The fans are unhappy and so are we. We always want to win, but it's not always possible. If we win the Champions League at the end of the season the fans will change their opinion. I'm still excited because the Champions League is still possible, but La Liga isn't.

“To win a competition so long, you have to have the bets players and we haven't because of injuries. We are playing and we are good, but not the best. When you don't have the best players like Bale, Pepe, Benzema or Marcelo it's not easy to win a competition. This is our main problem this year". Afterwards, Cristiano added: "I am referring to my fitness level, not level of play. I am no better than any of my teammates".

Danilo: “We deserved more luck”.

“I like playing with Karim and when he's not hear it's more difficult. When Bale or Marcelo aren't here too. During the season it's difficult if they're not playing. This doesn't mean that Danilo, who for me was the best on the field, Jesé, Kovacic or Lucas are not good, they are very good".

Lots of players out
“Bad luck with injuries? It could be. Preparation? If you speak about from the beginning, it could be, but I don't know how to tell you why. Imagine having Messi, Neymar or Suárez always injured, Barcelona wouldn't be where they are now. I don't know the reason but it's difficult to win a competition if the best players aren't available".

Danilo: “We have to work to improve”
“We're sad about the result. It wasn't in our plans. We have to work hard to improve. I don't think that the defeat was fair. We had chances and they have scored from one attack. It happens in football and we deserved better luck. They were sat back waiting, we went for the game and on a counter attack they scored".

The role of the pitch
“I'm always here to help the team, whether that's on the left or on the right".