Cristiano Ronaldo directed the blame for Real Madrid's Liga woes towards his team-mates on Saturday by claiming "if everyone was at my level, perhaps we would be first".
Madrid suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to city rivals Atletico - Antoine Griezmann scoring the only goal at the Bernabeu - to remain nine points behind leaders Barcelona ahead of the Catalans' clash with Sevilla on Sunday while they are now four adrift of second-placed Atleti.
And with supporters protesting against president Florentino Perez, it made for a miserable afternoon for Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane.
When asked about Madrid's problems afterwards, however, Ronaldo felt he was doing all he could.
"If everyone was at my level, perhaps we would be first," he told Cope.
"You [reporters] think I am s***, if I read what the press says. The statistics are there."
Madrid were missing several first-team regulars on Saturday, including Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Pepe while Karim Benzema was forced off through injury at half-time.
"If a team does not play with its best players it is difficult to win but I do not want to belittle anyone," he added.
"I do like playing with Karim, Bale and Marcelo but I am not saying that the others are not good. Danilo, for example, was the best player on the field [on Saturday]."
Despite the large points difference to Barca, Ronaldo insisted there would be no let up from Madrid.
"We will not give up," he said. "We still have to compete.
"We had more opportunities [against Atletico] but we must carry on."