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La Liga: Madrid derby didn't feature the Cristiano Ronaldo we're used to, says Luis Garcia

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo is seen before a Spanish league football match against Atletico de Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadi
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Real Madrid did not see the Cristiano Ronaldo everyone is used to seeing in their humiliation by Atletico Madrid, says Luis Garcia.

Tiago, Saul Niguez, Mario Mandzukic and Antoine Griezmann all scored as Diego Simeone’s hammered their local rivals 4-0 at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday.

Ronaldo endured a poor afternoon as he struggled to make an impact on the game in a disappointing team display from Carlo Ancelotti’s men, and former Liverpool and Atletico midfielder Garcia believes the Portuguese star was not in top condition.

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Atletico Madrid were in dreamland as they beat rivals Real Madrid 4-0.

“I think he’s not in shape – he’s not 100 per cent,” he said.

“When you saw Ronaldo playing before you saw him strong, he had the speed, the power. Today he looked like his legs were not strong enough.

“He was losing the pace, he gave the ball away very easily, and it’s not the Cristiano we are used to.”

Former Tottenham and Real Zaragoza midfielder Nayim also believed Ronaldo was not his usual self in a game which saw Atletico close in on the top two in La Liga.


“None of Real Madrid’s players were at their best, but it’s obviously not the Ronaldo we are used to,” he said.

“He’s got the hunger to win every single game, but today we didn’t see that hunger.

“He’s that player who wants to win and wants to score in every minute of the game, he works hard – he didn’t make any good runs.

“Obviously the whole team didn’t play well, but you are Cristiano Ronaldo – you have to put the team behind you and try to help your team-mates and get involved more in the game. He didn’t do that.

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“You could see he was walking around the pitch, and that’s not Cristiano Ronaldo.”

Atletico are now seven points behind Ancelotti’s side as they aim to defend the league title they won last season, and Garcia is pleased to see Simeone’s side open up the race for the top.

“It’s great for us, for the fans on the outside because it’s one more team fighting for the title,” he added.

“People were thinking Atletico Madrid would drop this year, but they’ve shown that they want it again and that they are going to fight until the end, and it’s great to see them there.”

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