Atletico Madrid's 3-0 loss to city rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday was just a continuation of bad results that have blighted the team for nearly 60 years.
Ronaldo scored a hat-trick on Tuesday, and though there is debate as to whether the third goal was his 400th in a Real shirt, the Portuguese star says it is "special" to reach the milestone, which the club claim is official.
"I want them to stop booing me because I always give my best and even when I don't score I try to help Real Madrid". "They waited for us, and Madrid is a great team when playing on counterattacks".
A pre-match banner caused some consternation, according to reports in Spain, as Real fans created a display which read "tell me how it feels", in reference to their two final wins over Atletico.
"We made too many mistakes", Atletico midfielder Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion said.
Zidane however, warned the Real Madrid players not to go overboard with their celebrations and retain their focus till the very end of their campaign.
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"I don't think that you could say that we're in a state of euphoria".
"We need to forget about this game", said the Argentine.
"There's still a second leg to come". You could certainly say that we were the better side today.
"The team is phenomenal, yesterday was further proof that the team is good and confident and to win 3-0 is huge". However, there's still the second leg and we'll have to work hard and battle and we're sure to have to dig in there. "It seems impossible, but it is football and football has these unexpected things that make it marvelous. 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. 'Sometimes he needs to rest and he knows that because he's intelligent. Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez got past central defender Diego Godin on the right side of the area and passed the ball back to Ronaldo, who was unmarked in front of the goal and scored easily.
"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.
"Our first 30 minutes were fantastic, we started with great intensity", Zidane said.