Ronaldo asks for hard work & unity

Cristiano Ronaldo has urged his Real Madrid teammates to ‘unite’ after their defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Los Blancos went down 1-0 to their city rivals at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening, and the goalscorer has insisted that hard work will see them back amongst the wins.

“When things go wrong it is easy to lift your arms and blame teammates, but that's not what I saw on the field,” he told the club’s official website.

“We have to keep working and be united. The Coach is doing a great job, he is one of the best Coaches I've had in my career and we are very happy with him.

“The players are to blame and we have to hold our heads up. We don’t need to make a big drama out of it, we have to keep working hard because we have lots of things to win this year.

“You cannot always play well. Today maybe I felt less comfortable and a little tired with only two days since the last match and maybe I wasn’t that fresh. But that is no excuse.

“Atletico went ahead and played a good match. They ran more and it was not our best day. The Coach is not to blame. The players are to blame. I played badly, but not just me.

“My teammates were not good either. It has only been 48 hours since our last match but we have to step up and fight harder.

“Maybe we are not on top form but we are not doing badly. Perhaps we have things to change. We have to keep working calmly.

“There are new players and new tactics but we don’t need to make a big drama about it, we have to be united. In the next few matches we have to play better.

“We have to keep fighting because the season is long, and so that it turns out well.”

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