REAL MADRID defender Marcelo refused to blame Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence after dropping points against Athletic Bilbao.
The Brazilian was also quick to remind people that the current three-time Champions League winners have achieved success after selling club legends such as Raul in the past.
Real Madrid could only salvage a draw against Bilbao after Iker Muniain had given the home side the lead.
Playmaker Isco then bagged an equaliser in the 63rd minute but Julen Lopetegui’s side failed to maintain their 100 per cent record.
Reported by Four Four Two, when quizzed whether the absence of Ronaldo had an impact on the result, he fired back: “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.
“We didn’t want to drop any points here. We also lacked a bit of patience.”
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The Real Madrid legend had previously gone three games without scoring until his 50th minute opener in the 2-1 win over Sassuolo.
It was one of the easiest finishes of his career but his second was trademark Ronaldo.
He showed his pace by breaking free of defenders before drilling a left-footed strike into the bottom corner.