La Liga news

Ronaldo refuses to get carried away

November 29, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo insists the club will not get complacent after opening up a six-point gap over Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Ronaldo celebrates converting his second penalty of the night in the Madrid derby.
APRonaldo celebrates converting his second penalty of the night in the Madrid derby.

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Real won the Madrid derby 4-1 against Atletico on Saturday, and then Barca lost further ground to their arch rivals by being held at Getafe.

After travelling to struggling Sporting Gijon this weekend, the first La Liga clasico of the season is being played a week on Saturday at the Bernabeu when Jose Mourinho's side could further stamp their authority on the top of the table.

Barcelona will play twice before that trip to Madrid, with home games against Rayo Vallecano and surprise package Levante. Barca play an extra game to cover the weekend when they will be at the Club World Cup.

"There's still a long way to go, we don't think we have already won La Liga," Ronaldo told AS. "We want to win everything.

"This may be the best Madrid team since I arrived at the club, but we are going to have to win things to confirm it."

Real were one of the first sides through to the Champions League knockout stages, but Ronaldo admits it is a tough ask to lift the trophy. He said: "Real are always favourites to win the trophy, but we also know that it is very hard to do it, but I think it is possible for us to win it."

Real Madrid have a slight injury doubt over Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of this weekend's clash Sporting.

A statement on Madrid's official website confirmed the forward had suffered a sprain and contusion to his left ankle and sat out Tuesday's training session.

Ronaldo picked up the injury in a challenge with Luis Perea during the win over Atletico Madrid. The Portuguese scored two penalties in the victory and was able to complete the full 90 minutes.