Zidane hails Ronaldo's contribution in Real victory

Zidane hails Ronaldo's contribution in Real victory

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have confirmed the big blow for Zinedine Zidane with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema also set to miss Sunday's trip to San Sebastian due to suspension and injury respectively.

Marco Asensio's impressive start this season has seen the young Real Madrid forward compared to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi by his manager.

The European and Spanish champions have drawn their last two La Liga games in his absence and Madrid boss has admitted the Portuguese importance to the squad. And he did it again on Wednesday evening against APOEL in the Champions League, opening the scoring for Real Madrid in the 12th minute from a Bale cross, and converting a penalty in the 51st minute.

With Manchester United winning the Europa League last season, England is now the second country to put five teams in the Champions League group stage, joining Spain in the 2015-16 season.

A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo ensured Real Madrid started their Champions League campaign with a 3-0 win over Apoel on Wednesday.

Bale played 82 minutes against the Cyprians and assisted Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal of the game. With his ability we always want to have him available.

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"Bale is capable of playing in a number of positions and on the left he can do a good job too", Zidane said.

Pochettino believes that this is the case because clubs in England take their domestic games more seriously.

Ronaldo showed his hunger for more goals as he retrieved the ball from the net and raced back to the halfway line.

"It's so important to win the first game and though nothing is achieved yet, it's a great start for us", Guardiola said in his post-match press conference.

"We were very focused on trying to win the Premier League and fighting with (eventual champions) Leicester".