Tottenham Hotspur Target Isco Signs New Real Madrid Contract

Ronaldo takes centre stage during the session as his team-mates watch him control the ball

Ronaldo takes centre stage during the session as his team-mates watch him control the ball

When you are here the players want to fight to try to win it, maybe because we are not in [mainland] Europe.

SPANISH PRODIGY MARCO Asensio will miss the opener to Real Madrid's second consecutive defence of the Champions League due to an infected 'pimple, ' manager Zinedine Zidane has confirmed.

The Champions League season got underway with the first round of games played in midweek.

"But because I've been training with him for a long time, giving him passes and celebrating goals, I'll say Cristiano (is the best)".

Marcelo has been included in the squad for Real's game against Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday as they begin their quest to become the first side to win three successive Champions League competitions in its current format.

It has not always been that way for the 32-year-old.

The Wales global will be the only member of his team's "BBC" strike force available for Sunday evening's La Liga game at early leaders Real Sociedad, with Madrid missing the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo and injured Karim Benzema.

"Teams always give more than 100% against Real Madrid, but I think now it will be the case even more".

Ronaldo thought he had doubled his tally a minute into the second half as his volley from Dani Carvajal's pinpoint cross came off the underside of the bar, but didn't cross the line despite his protests.

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The Cyprus team has not won any of its 12 away matches in the Champions League, losing the last six in row. "We will keep playing in our style, go out to win each game, we are very sure about that".

"You can see he's not in his best moment, but he's working hard for the team: shooting, fighting and that's the Bale we need", Casemiro said.

"Every time he is with us, I as a coach and the rest of the players are happy".

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