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Cristiano Ronaldo names the three players Real Madrid sold that they're currently missing

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Real Madrid won nearly everything there was to win last year, but their demise has been alarming this campaign.

Madrid's shock 2-1 defeat to minnows Girona on Sunday meant Zinedine Zidane's side have already dropped ten points in the league, and already find themselves eight points behind rivals, Barcelona.

And their problems were compounded in the Champions League on Wednesday night, when they lost 3-1 away at Tottenham.

Although Dortmund's draw against APOEL means they should still qualify, their loss now means it is likely they will qualify in second; giving them a tougher draw than they would have liked in the last 16.

One of the main reasons for their poor form has been the individual performances of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese has not been at his free-scoring best so far this season, having only notched once so far in La Liga.

And even though he managed to score a consolation against Tottenham, he was still not the player we have been used to seeing in recent years.

And in an interview after the game, Ronaldo hinted at why his side have not been performing to the standards expected of them this season.

The four time Ballon D'or winner actually pointed to the departures of Pepe, James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata in the summer, which in his opinion has made them weaker.

In an interview with BeIN Sports, Ronaldo said: "All the players who left this summer made us stronger.

"It's no excuse, but players like Pepe, James (Rodriguez), (Alvaro) Morata ... made us stronger.

"The boys are the future, but they are young and it shows the experience."

The 32-year-old also admitted his frustrations with his teams form, but was adamant that they can transform their fortunes.

Ronaldo continued: "It's bad because we lose and are used to winning. It is a streak. It's not like we wanted, but football changes.

It's a bad patch, but we want to change and I'm sure we're going to change.

"We still have a lot of time to improve and I am convinced that we are going to do it."

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James Rodriguez
Alvaro Morata
Pepe
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Tottenham Hotspur
Zinedine Zidane
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