Ronaldo ripe for Real return in Champions League - Zidane

Ronaldo ripe for Real return in Champions League - Zidane

Ronaldo ripe for Real return in Champions League - Zidane

'I would have liked Morata to stay but he wanted to play more first-team football elsewhere, which was his decision. We can not talk about dependency, what I want is for all the players to be available for the coach.

"Cristiano doesn't just contribute goals, he's a leader, he always wants to win and he transmits that to everyone else".

"The same thing happened last year, so we're not anxious at all", said Zidane, who is the first coach to retain the Champions League in its modern format and has won seven trophies since taking charge of Real in January last year.

This situation has been made worse by an injury to Karim Benzema. Zidane said that Madrid were now a No. 9 light after a summer in which they sold Alvaro Morata to Chelsea, and were heavily linked with Kylian Mbappe only for the Monaco striker to instead join Paris Saint-Germain.

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"We have a stupendous squad but this is a competition that takes you to the limit in all aspects", added Butragueno. In the end we were not able to bring in another player. Madrid may have to be patient in order to break them down, although with Ronaldo no doubt keen to show what they have been missing without him, they should get their campaign for a third successive Champions League off to a smooth start. Remember - we had to reduce gap to the top-four sides, now we're fighting again to reduce the gap with these type of clubs in the Champions League.

"He's going to play tomorrow, but we're not going to have him on Sunday". Every game, even a friendly, there is pressure here.

He is clear to play in the Group H clash against Cypriot champions APOEL, and Zidane said: "He's in a very good mood and is very happy to play, because this is what he really loves, playing football".

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