Real Madrid without captain Sergio Ramos for Apoel Nicosia Champions League trip

Ruben Hill
November 21, 2017

And a victory against the Cypriot champions on Tuesday would do just that. Their scoring record under increasing scrutiny, it could be the flawless opportunity for Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema to rediscover their touch.

And ahead of their Champions League clash with APOEL, Zidane gave Benzema his vote of confidence to turn things around.

In his pre-match press conference, Zidane acknowledged that Benzema has to do more to end his six-match goalless drought. "What I am anxious about is tomorrow's game, and to play with the squad we have".

Ramos sustained a broken nose in Saturday's derby draw with Atletico Madrid while the other three players are yet to return from injury layoffs.

Zidane's men has only won one of its past four games in all competitions.

Zidane is unlikely to spring too many surprises in his team selection. "But Dani and the other young players all have big futures here".

Real will be without Bale and goalkeeper Keylor Navas once again, while captain Sergio Ramos is unavailable after breaking his nose in the derby. Real face a challenging domestic calendar in the coming weeks that includes a trip to San Mames and the visits of Sevilla and Barcelona to the Bernabeu. Zidane said his fellow Frenchman knew he could give more, but he and the team in general were playing well and they just needed their luck to change in front of goal.

Following his ordeal, the player put out a tweet claiming he would be back soon, also swearing that he would "bleed for the Madrid badge and jersey 1000 times". The team that hardly lost under their manager Zinedine Zidane in the last season and a half, have lost to the likes of Real Betis and Girona, yes, Girona, who were promoted to the top-tier only this season. "It will be a hard game tomorrow and we have to be prepared". The striker has only scored 2 goals this season and is yet to score in the Champions League.

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