Madrid Press: Los Blancos learn to live without Cristiano Ronaldo

Madrid Press: Los Blancos learn to live without Cristiano Ronaldo


Real Madrid kept up the pace with Atletico de Madrid and Barcelona in the race for the La Liga title with a convincing 4-0 over fifth place Real Sociedad in San Sebastian last night.

And the press this morning has plenty of coverage of the top three teams, who all won their respective games. With six games to go until the end of the season, they are separated by just three points.

Los Blancos were the most convincing of the three yesterday, particularly when the handsome victory was achieved without Cristiano Ronaldo. The talisman sat out the game having played through the pain in recent weeks with a knee problem. The 29-year-old has missed eight games for Madrid this season, and Los Blancos have won seven and drawn the other – showing they are capable of surviving without him.

Marca and AS highlight the performance of various individual performances. Diego Lopez is praised by Marca for an unbelievable save from Carlos Vela at point blank range. It gives the shot stopper some respite from the criticism he has received in recent weeks for some below par performances.

AS picks up in the gesture made by Alvaro Morata after he scored the fourth goal of the night. He signed the number 20 – the shirt worn by Jese Rodriguez – to show his support for his stricken strike partner. It was a gesture that showed all the players are singing from the same hymn sheet and have a solidarity amongst themselves – something that will be a key factor as the pressure increases in the closing weeks of the campaign.