Cristiano Ronaldo instills winning mentality among teammates: Zinedine Zidane

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

Juventus lost last season's final to Real Madrid and hasn't won the Champions League since 1996.

But he did so amid growing speculation he's engineering a move back to Manchester United. "The other players feed off of him". I don't think he was supposed to shoot the ball in the goal - I think it was a cross.

Real have lacked firepower in Ronaldo's absence after selling striker Alvaro Morata to Chelsea.

They face APOEL at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Zidane said: "Cristiano is focused on what he needs to do". It's what he loves to do.

'It's clear that he's very important to this team and has the ability to score incredible goals and that would have served us well today, ' said Real midfielder Llorente after Saturday's surprise 1-1 draw against promoted Levante.

The mega rich club have once again splashed the cash, luring over the likes of Neymar and Mbappe to Paris, two stunning additions, meaning the pressure is on Emery to succeed, and a failure to do so could cost him his job.

Ronaldo had been handed a domestic five-match ban after pushing a referee during the Spanish Super Cup first leg.

His suspension includes Sunday's with Real Sociedad, although is eligible for the Champions League.

The last time Bale faced Rueda was in a Spanish league game and he scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Rueda's then-club Real Valladolid 4-0 in 2013.

How has Cristiano seemed to you while he's been out and unable to play?

"I always had Madrid posters and flags in my bedroom when I was a little kid".

That's another reason for being glad to see Ronaldo's return. "He always brings so much for us".

And with Karim Benzema sidelined for a month, 20-year-old Borja Mayoral is the only natural centre-forward available to Zidane.

Spain global Morata left Madrid for Chelsea in July after growing frustrated with playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema. "It turned out that we couldn't add another player and that's it". "We'll have a lot of games and I'll need to rotate". "It would have been nice to have kept Morata, but we have to understand that he wanted to play more minutes and made a decision to leave".

"We know that the journey to trophies is not easy".

He's fine. He's an example to all of us.

"We have a tremendous motivation and hunger to do well in the competition. We will keep playing in our style, go out to win each game, we are very sure about that".

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