Ronaldo defends Ancelotti

Ronaldo defends Ancelotti
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Real Madrid were stunned in Saturday's massive La Liga match at the Santiago Bernabeu when Atletico Madrid walked out 1-0 winners thanks to an early Diego Costa goal.

Both teams came into the match unbeaten but only the visitors came out with that record in tact. While Real Madrid have already drawn one match, Atletico's win, their first over their city rivals in the league since 1999, means they remain perfect after seven matches with 21 points. 

After the match, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was quick to jump to the defense of Carlo Ancelotti, claiming the responsibility of the loss was on the players and not on the manager. 

"It wasn't our day. We weren't on. The manager has nothing to do with it. He is doing a great job. The fault is on the players, we are the ones that have to improve". (via Marca)

"We have to keep our heads up because the league is complicated. The good thing is that this loss has come early. I have a lot of hope for winning something important this year. I played poorly and so did my teammates", he said.

"Personally I am happy with Ancelotti, he is one of the best coaches I have ever had."

Ronaldo's words will certainly go a long way. Ancelotti is in his first year as Real Madrid's manager after joining the club from Paris St-Germain over the summer and has already found managing one of the world's most renowned clubs no easy task. 

Though Madrid is a different animal altogether, Ancelotti has managed some of the biggest and richest clubs in the world with AC Milan and PSG and has enough experience to help his new side bounce back from their most recent loss.  

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