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Ronaldo among seven Real Madrid stars under press microscope

After the manner of their defeat to Barcelona, the future of many Real Madrid stars - including Cristiano Ronaldo - are being questioned in the Madrid press today. As many as seven senior players are under scrutiny after the 2-0 defeat.

Lassana Diarra Hasn't started a Real game since falling out with coach Manuel Pellegrini. Will be allowed to leave should a reasonable offer arrive. Olympique Lyon and Tottenham are keen.

Fernando Gago Step away from joining Manchester City in January. Has replaced Lass in Pellegrini's midfield and had his limitations shown up on Saturday.

Guti The veteran angered Real chiefs announcing he would be leaving on the eve of the El Clasico. Was a shining light on Saturday, but his statements infuriated staff.

Esteban Granero Is a favourite of Pellegrini's and has impressed since returning to Madrid. But in recent games struggled for the consistency expected of a Real player.

Gonzalo Higuain Real's top scorer. But like against Lyon, failed to make an impact against big-match opposition on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo Has proven not as decisive as expected. As against Lyon, was ineffective on Saturday facing Carles Puyol et al. The Bernabeu crowd are demanding much more.

Karim Benzema Simply put: Benzema has seven games to save his Madrid career. 2-0 down against Barca, Pellegrini turned to Raul and Guti before finally giving Benzema his chance.

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