Real Madrid were downed 4-0 by Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
After beating their rivals 4-1 in the Champions League final last May, Los Blancos have seemingly come under some sort of hoodoo spell from Atleti following their contrasting results this season.
Diego Simeone’s men beat Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup over two legs, knocked them out of the Copa Del Rey and have now completed a league double in the most emphatic fashion.
Goals from Tiago, Saul Niguez, Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic completed the rout and left Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo stunned and dejected at the final whistle.
“We played bad, both in attack and defence – nothing went right for us. It’s a day to forget as soon as possible,” Ronaldo admitted to reporters.
“Madrid can’t lose against anybody 4-0, but I see the positive things in this loss and areas which we can learn from. We’re still leaders, but we know that we have to fight until the very end.”
Asked why his side were so outclassed by their opponents, the former Manchester United ace admitted to squad tiredness but insisted his side are the better team.
He added: “The team isn’t fresh, both physically and mentally in my opinion. I don’t know why the game went like that, the last few matches against them we haven’t been able to beat them.”
“They are strong, but in my opinion we are better but we have to show that on the pitch. We are going to win La Liga again.”
The defeat still keeps Carlo Ancelotti’s mean at the top of the table, four points clear of Los Colchoneros, though it allows Barcelona to move within touching distance of them.
The battle for La Liga supremacy is set to go down to the wire with the likes of Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia all capable of having a huge say in the race.