Cristiano Ronaldo says Real Madrid would be top of La Liga if all of his team-mates had played at the same level as him this season.
Atletico Madrid moved four points clear of Real with a 1-0 win in the Bernabeu on Saturday courtesy of Antoine Griezmann’s goal eight minutes after half-time.
The France star advanced unchallenged to the edge of the box and looked set to shoot, instead feeding Filipe Luis on a breakneck overlap and then converting the full-back’s return pass.
Real dominated possession but could not test visiting keeper Jan Oblak severely enough and were denied a second-half penalty when Danilo went down under Gabi’s challenge.
Zinedine Zidane’s first defeat as Real coach means they remain nine points behind leaders Barcelona in third place in La Liga.
Ronaldo was strongly critical of his team-mates after the match.
“If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders,” Ronaldo said, quoted in Marca.
“I like to play with Karim, with Bale, with Marcelo. I’m not saying the others like Lucas (Vazquez), Jese and (Mateo) Kovacic are not good players – they are very good players – but it’s not the same.”
Celta and Espanyol also claim wins
Celta Vigo moved level on points with fifth-placed Sevilla, who play Barcelona on Sunday, with a 1-0 win over Getafe.
Nolito scored the only goal, his first for three months – much of which has been spent on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.
Espanyol came from behind to beat fellow strugglers Sporting Gijon 4-2 and record consecutive league victories for the first time since September.
Carlos Castro gave the hosts the lead but Espanyol winger Burgui scored a spectacular equaliser and Gerard Moreno’s double put them in control.
Castro netted again but team-mate Luis Hernandez then scored an own goal before Nacho Cases was sent off.
Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano shared the spoils in a game of two halves.
Ruben Castro scored twice to put Betis in control at half-time, but Manucho emulated that achievement after the interval to secure Rayo’s third successive 2-2 draw – and their fourth in five games.
Real Sociedad came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with Malaga in the day’s final match, with Imanol Agirretxe cancelling out Duje Cop’s opener.