Cristiano Ronaldo warns Real Madrid against complacency

However, despite the size of the task and the fact his side failed to muster a shot on target on Tuesday night, Simeone was in a bullish mood. When we want a player, we speak with the club and then with the player.

"When you look at the game and the scoreline it means we played a great game".

Los Blancos supporters are notoriously hard to please, with team-mates Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema also among those to endure whistles at various times, while club legends such as Zidane and Iker Casillas have also received similar treatment.

Cristiano Ronaldo has already reached a century of Champions League goals this season, and the 32-year-old is showing no signs of slowing the pace.

"It's a really big amount of goals, something I didn't expect but it's a reflection of the whole team, of my work as well as that of all the people who work at the club, the fans that always support us and give us this extra motivation".

Atletico Madrid can not play at the level Real did.

If all goes well in the second leg at the Vicente Calderon next week, Ronaldo will have the opportunity to win his fourth Champions League trophy.

Real were dominant throughout the game against their city rivals at the Bernabeu and led after just 10 minutes when Ronaldo headed home Casemiro's cross.

His performances during the group stage of this year's competition led many to question whether age was finally catching up with the Portuguese forward, scoring just twice in six games.

"I don't think that we're euphoric and imagining ourselves in the final".

In a column for the BBC, the Manchester United veteran claimed that the pair must be on the list of candidates to be known as the greatest player ever.

Injuries to key players ahead of Tuesday's game had raised doubts about the backline.

"I feel good, truth is I feel really good".

Ronaldo signed a new five-year contract last November that will see him stay at Madrid until 2021, when he will be 36.

The loss was a continuation of results Atletico have suffered in continental competition against Madrid since the European Cup semi-final in 1959 despite coach Diego Simeone's reign bringing more balance to the rivalry.

Real needed a stoppage time equaliser en route to winning the 2014 final, scored a late victor in the quarter-finals a year later and edged last season's final on a penalty shootout.

Keylor Navas was called into action at the other end and he got down well to rescue Real from conceding a vital away goal when he got a touch on the ball as Kevin Gameiro tried to round him after a delightful through ball. Today we went with Isco in the starting line-up, operating between the lines, and he did a marvellous job. He further added, "We have a good advantage but the tie isn't over yet".

  • Julie Sanders