Ronaldo: Superior Real Madrid will win La Liga despite Atletico blowout

The Ballon d’Or winner believes his side is better than its local rival despite a 4-0 defeat Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo says that Real Madrid is a better team than Atletico Madrid despite being thrashed 4-0 on Saturday.

Goals from Tiago, Saul, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic handed Diego Simeone’s men a famous victory at the Vicente Calderon and cut the gap between the two sides in La Liga to four points.

But Ronaldo, who endured a difficult game after returning from suspension, is remaining defiant despite admitting that his team played poorly.

“Real Madrid are better than Atletico but we have to prove it on the field,” the Portuguese told reporters. “Anyway, I think we will win the Liga title at the end of the season.

“Nothing worked today. It is a day to forget. Real Madrid can never lose 4-0 against any team. We lacked enthusiasm and we were not mentally or physically fresh. There was little recovery time from Wednesday’s game [against Sevilla].”

Ronaldo, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday, doesn’t believe that Madrid should panic despite its heavy defeat.

“The team is fine, but today we made a big mistake,” he said. “These were three points that we lost. No more. Not four points.”

Madrid remains top of La Liga with 54 points from 22 games but second placed Barcelona can close to within one point if it wins on Sunday against Athletic Bilbao.