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Butragueño: "Cristiano always appears in the big games"

"It's the great players like him who come right to the fore in games of enormous difficulty; he has a competitive spirit which will never alter".

" Los grandes jugadores solo se demuestran en patidos de enorme dificultad, tiene un espíritu competitivo inalterable", dijo del crack portugués tras la victoria ante el Atlético.

Decisive Cristiano

Real Madrid's Director of International Relations Emilio Butragueño gave his thoughts on Saturday's Madrid derby and the feats of Cristiano Ronaldo who scored his 39th hat trick for Los Blancos to reset a club record.

Summary of the game: "The first half was sensational; I thought we were the better side, while for the first 15 minutes of the second half they played well and we struggled to get the ball. After the second goal we returned to be the better side against a world class rival. The result fillsme with satisfaction and the three goals which Cristiano scored were decisive. Defensively we played well - Varane was superb in the aerial play".

Squad responds

Madrid with injury problems: "Today's performance was a good example of the squad we have; those who entered the team responded perfectly against one of the best teams in Europe and in front of a very enthusiastic home crowd. We all saw for ourselves, the quality we have in throughout the squad".

Hat trick, Cristiano Ronaldo
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Hat trick, Cristiano RonaldoFELIPE SEVILLANODIARIO AS

Cristiano: "He's always there, he always delivers. Today, he scored three goals in a huge game - it's only the great players who are capable of delivering when the going gets tough. Big players always appear in the big matches and Cristiano always poses a threat; he has a competitive spirit which will never alter. He's put three past an extremely solid defence and could have scored a fourth, that shows just what kind of player he is".

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