CSKA Moscow boss Viktor Goncharenko believes ‘the quality of Real Madrid players is not the same’ since Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit.
Goncharenko guided his side to a memorable 3-0 victory away to Madrid on Wednesday evening but despite two victories over the European champions, his side finished bottom of the group.
“Madrid are always in the running, but Ronaldo is gone and the quality of their players is not the same,” Goncharenko told reporters, as cited by Marca.
“This is a huge achievement for us, it will make us go into the holidays in a good mood because we played really well.
“But we are left with a bitter taste too to be eliminated from European football, but sometimes there is not logic in outcomes despite your results.
“We appreciate our own game and are very happy with how we executed it.”