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Ronaldo full of excuses after 3-1 defeat to Spurs

Cristiano Ronaldo has said Tottenham Hotspur were ‘lucky’ as they beat Real Madrid 3-1 on Wednesday evening in the Champions League.

Heading into the game, Madrid had lost to Girona at the weekend and fell eight points behind league leaders Barcelona.

Despite their poor form, the reigning European and La Liga champions remained favourites in the competition.

Spurs, who have been excellent this season with Harry Kane scoring nine goals in all competitions.

Dele Alli opened the scoring for the hosts as Mauricio Pochettino’s men outplayed the visitors in all areas of the pitch.

The second half continued with much of the same as Alli was again testing the Madrid resolve.

And, the impressive winger made it 2-0 with a long range effort which deflected in off Sergio Ramos.

Madrid looked shocked and it would soon be 3-0 to the English side as Christian Eriksen for himself a much deserved goal.

Fully in the driving seat, Pochettino’s side then took their foot off the pedal and allowed Ronaldo to get his sixth goal of the competition.

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“It’s a bad time for us because we’re losing and we’re used to winning,” the former Manchester United winger said after the game.

“It’s a bad patch for us, but we want to change it and I’m sure we will. This is the beginning, we still have a lot of time to improve and I’m convinced that we will. There’s been no harm done, but bad runs aren’t good and we have to change things.

“We have to admit that we aren’t as we’d like to be. I don’t see things to be so bad, but we have to be confident.

“Criticism? When you don’t win, people try to look for things, but I’m here talking, showing my face for my teammates, and I’m confident that things will change.

“Irritated on the pitch? It’s normal. When you’re losing, things don’t go the way you want them to and you want to help your teammates, it was a very big blow to go 3-0 down, although for me it wasn’t a good reflection of what happened on the pitch.

“Their first goal was offside, just like the other day. Our attitude is to run and fight, like it was at Girona. My renewal? I have four more years on my contract and that’s enough for me. I don’t want a new contract. I’m feeling very good as I am.”

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The goal proved to be a consolation and Spurs held on to win and qualify for the last-32.

Madrid will now be forced to re-group, before they return to La Liga action at the weekend.

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