Ronaldo insists Real Madrid’s season is not lost

Cristiano Ronaldo insists Real Madrid’s main aim is to win the Champions League this season.

Zinedine Zidane’s side are currently nine points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, although the Spanish champions could restore their lead to 12 with a victory at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday evening.

But Ronaldo, who berated his team-mates after the 1-0 defeat to Atletico Madrid last Saturday, insists the club’s season is not yet lost.

“We played a great game against Roma,” said the Portugal international.

“Now we are playing before our fans with a good lead, but we can’t get overconfident.

“We’re having a difficult season in La Liga, and in the Copa del Rey we were eliminated. But as I’ve said many times, we’re still in the Champions League and we’re hoping to win it.

“It’s no coincidence that Real Madrid is the club to have lifted the most European Cups in the world. We’re excited, nothing is lost and we’re going to keep working hard to achieve things come the end of the season.

“Talent is worth nothing without dedication.

“I am almost always the same and I want to stay in that shape, earning titles for the team and individually so that my fans are happy.”

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