Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says getting Ronaldo back is a relief

Posted September 13, 2017

Last Saturday's draw in the Bernabéu was the side's second consecutive stalemate at home in LaLiga and the Real boss expressed his desire to see Ronaldo out on the pitch again for the first time since his red card and subsequent five-game suspension for shoving the referee in the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona.

Apoel are the "Cinderellas" of the group, but the Cypriot side has a wealth of European experience and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the past.

Zinedine Zidane has rejected suggestions Real Madrid are dependent on Cristiano Ronaldo following a stuttering start to its defence of La Liga in the Portuguese star's absence.

"I prefer Cristiano to be with us always".

I'd have liked him to have stayed but he wanted to play more and he wanted to leave. He's an important player in the squad, he's a leader who always wants to win and that rubs off on the others. He transmits that [to his team-mates].

They showed they are no pushovers last season when they knocked Athletic Club Bilbao out of the last 32 of the Europa League.

"We can't be happy with the results, especially the last one, but we're not going to change the way we work, just as we didn't previous year".

"Zidane? I've a very strong relationship with him, he makes his decisions with authority and gets them right".

"And we are happy too, because he is mentally very well, physically very fine".

"Real Mallorca signed me when I was a nine-year-old, but it was my parents who decided but every boy has dreams. It turned out that we couldn't add another player and that's it".