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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Post-Match Interview: Real Madrid 2 - 1 Sporting CP

“We can't be so soft or we'll be dominated.”

After Real Madrid’s dramatic win against Sporting CP, Ronaldo took some time to answer questions from reporters and talk about the experience of playing against his former club.

Here are the quotes AS reported:

The game: "Sporting played really well and made things tough for us. But Madrid have made history with their fightbacks in this legendary stadium. But this was a warning that we can't be so soft or we'll be dominated. We want to be first in the group".

Praise from Raúl: "He's a friend and his words are an honour because he's someone I admire as a person and a player. He's been with us over the last few days."

Not celebrating his goal: "Instinctively I was going to celebrate it, but [Sporting] is the team that made me, and I couldn't do it"

The Sporting president wants you to retire there: "For me it's an honour that people still have affection for me. I feel lucky, but I'm great at Madrid and I want to finish here, because it's the club that's in my heart right now".

And here are the quotes reported:

We were a bit flat at the start, but such is football and such is Real Madrid and the comebacks are part of this mythical stadium".

"It was an important goal just as the game was about to finish. I wasn't surprised by the Sporting performance, they wanted to put on a good display and make life difficult for us. I hope to always be able to offer something at Real Madrid with good performances and goals. I always want to help out".

Reaction to his goal

"It was against the team where I learned my trade, the club has a place in my heart and I have a lot of respect for them, that's why I couldn't celebrate it".

Admiration for Raúl

"Raúl is a friend, he was with us the other day and it's a privilege to listen to him, I admire him both as a person and a player".

"This game serves as a warning that we can't be starting games so poorly, because teams will sweep the floor with us and we don't want that. We want to finish top of the group and win".

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