Cristiano Ronaldo begs Real Madrid fans to stop whistling him

Real Madrid dominated proceedings in the opening minutes and got the lead through a trademark Cristiano Ronaldo's thumping header in the 10th minute. "We're one step closer to the final in Cardiff and we're really happy". But the Frenchman is not letting his guards down yet.

"However, in the Champions League the return legs are always tough". With his goals on Tuesday, Ronaldo increased his total to 400 with Madrid, by far the most of any player in the club's history. Atletico had kept nine clean sheets in its last 13 games in all competitions, conceding only four goals.

He was picked alongside Karim Benzema up front in Tuesday's first-leg clash and produced a performance that marked him out as arguably the world's best number nine, despite being a recent convert to the position. Each player has been the Champions League scoring leader five times in their careers. We haven't won anything yet.

I don't think that you could say that we're in a state of euphoria. "Technically we interpreted the game very well".

Atletico boss Diego Simeone, meanwhile, told his side to forget their latest derby demolition and hope for a miracle at the last European match at their Vicente Calderon stadium next week. "I feel very good", Ronaldo said on Wednesday.

"We made too many mistakes", Atletico midfielder Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion said. To win 3-0 is huge.

The goal was perhaps fortunate to have stood as Ronaldo appeared a yard offside when Ramos had first played the ball in.

"It seems impossible, but it is football and football has these unexpected things that make it marvellous", said Simeone. "We know that we're going to have to perform just as well and put in a ideal performance if we're to progress", he added.

"He has the instinct for goals, he's unique", said Zidane.

"He always knows that when there's an important occasion, he's going to be there and he showed it again tonight". I'm pleased because whenever a player comes off, whoever comes on does a great job, it's impressive.

The Germany global feels close friend and midfield partner Isco would be more of a key player if he was not in the same side as the former Manchester United star. We then had width with (substitutes) (Lucas) Vazquez and (Marco) Asensio. "I'm pleased with all of my players". "I'm very happy and I want to keep giving my best and to help the club win titles".

  • Julie Sanders