Cristiano Ronaldo still upbeat over Real Madrid’s title hunt

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Posted Tuesday, February 01, 2011 by

Winger insists Real Madrid can still win the Spanish title despite falling seven points behind Barcelona

Cristiano Ronaldo still upbeat over Real Madrid’s title hunt

Cristiano Ronaldo remains confident Real Madrid can overturn a seven-point deficit and win the La Liga title despite their shock 1-0 reversal at Osasuna on Sunday.

José Mourinho’s men stumbled to their second league defeat of the season as table-toppers Barcelona opened up a sizeable lead at the summit of the Primera División table with a 3-0 win at Hércules on Saturday.

Barcelona still have to travel to the Bernabéu in April and while Ronaldo concedes the weekend’s results have dented their challenge, the 25-year-old winger insists Pep Guardiola’s side are not yet out of reach.

“I know wininng the league just got a lot more difficult, but it’s still possible,” Ronaldo said. “[The result against Osasuna] was very disappointing, but we must stay postive and continue battling.”

“We didn’t play well, but we tried our best and we fought hard. Osasuna played their game by advancing with deep balls forward and hoping the match would end. They shot once and scored. They were lucky.”

And Ronaldo was left unimpressed by the home crowd at the Reyno de Navarra ground. He added: “I was very, very disappointed with the atmosphere. Battlefields are not acceptable in football. It isn’t good that children see such a spectacle on television.

“They threw balls and lighters onto the pitch. I hope they get fined. What happens when they hit someone on the head like what happened to Iker the other day? It is unacceptable, especially to those who like football.”

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