Marcelo refuses to put Athletic Bilbao draw down to Ronaldo’s absence

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has refused to blame the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo for his side’s 1-1 draw against Athletic Bilbao. 

Trailing 1-0 following a goal from Iker Muniain, Real managed to secure a point after substitute Isco found the net, but were left frustrated at not being able to claim victory.

Marcelo was adamant that the absence of Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in a £100million move in the summer, isn’t affecting Real, and outlined that the club have coped with the departures of high-profile players in the past.

Marcelo refused to blame Real Madrid's draw on the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo

Marcelo refused to blame Real Madrid's draw on the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo

Marcelo refused to blame Real Madrid’s draw on the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo

As reported by Four Four Two, Marcelo said: ‘I think supporters also often remember Raul, Zidane… Not only Cristiano.’ 

‘The draw is a bit disappointing. We were hoping for a fairer outcome, which would have been to win the game.

‘We gave it our all to do so and we improved in the second half but we have to move on from this game and think about the next. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to score for Juventus since joining the club from Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to score for Juventus since joining the club from Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to score for Juventus since joining the club from Real Madrid

Marcelo was left frustrated by the draw and outlined that Real should have been more patient. 

He said: ‘We had a lot of the ball and created chances but it just wouldn’t go in for us. We’ve got a fantastic team, we played well, but we couldn’t win the game.

REAL MADRID’S RESULTS SINCE CRISTIANO RONALDO’S DEPARTURE 

August 15 – UEFA Super Cup – Real Madrid 2-4 Atletico Madrid

August 19 – La Liga – Real Madrid 2-0 Getafe

August 26 – La Liga – Girona  1-4 Real Madrid

September 1 – La Liga – Real Madrid 4-1 Leganes

September 15 – La Liga – Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Real Madrid 

‘We didn’t want to drop any points here. We also lacked a bit of patience. 

‘After going behind, we tried to get on top quickly, but that’s the way things go in football. We came very close to getting the three points. We’re firing on all cylinders right now.’ 

Real now find themselves two points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, who have won all four of their games so far.

Although Real won their first three league fixtures, they were beaten 4-2 by Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup last month.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, has yet to find the net in the three appearances that he has made for Juventus so far and will be determined to get off the mark against Sassuolo on Sunday afternoon.

During his spectacular spell at Real Ronaldo scored 450 goals in 438 games and won an array of trophies, including two La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues. 

Real will be looking to return to winning ways on Wednesday when they host Roma in the Champions League.

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