Zidane: Real Madrid Not Dependent on Returning Cristiano Ronaldo

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Madrid have lifted the trophy in three of the last four years with that run only interrupted by Barcelona's success in 2015.

Ronaldo wasted little time in getting back on the scoresheet, announcing his return with the opener inside 12 minutes.

The same combination nearly saw Zinedine Zidane's side double their lead moments later, but Ronaldo headed just wide at the far post as APOEL looked vulnerable on the counter attack.

APOEL Nicosia are likely to be the whipping boys of Group H in this year's Champions League.

Arbeloa said: "All Madrid fans agree that the refereeing can be improved". If not, they could be facing an uphill battle to get to the knockout rounds.

'You don't create a big, strong team easily. "There are so many factors".

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has revealed the one position he feels Los Blancos still need to strengthen in. Though that could indicate a blowout, it still is fun to watch one of the best clubs in the world at their peak.

Marco Asensio may be sidelined for the match against the Cypriot team.

Despite a slow start to their campaign in La Liga, Zidane already seems to be playing the long game this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo has made a mockery of his Real Madrid teammates with an incredible goal on the training paddock.

All games are different, but the motivation and ambition he has will be important for the team.

Real Madrid have scored in 71 straight matches in all competitions, but were held to a 1-1 draw against Levante. Although the APOEL team have a less chance of a win here it's been 5 years both sides have met, expect surprises.

Having not replaced Morata, Bale was forced to act as an auxiliary striker against Levante after Benzema went off injured.

A month on from Ronaldo's ordering off, Real are still upset at his punishment but Gibson, speaking on the La Liga Weekly podcast, insisted they should be demonstrating remorse instead.

Madrid's luck turned moments later when Roberto Lago was very harshly penalised for handball from Bale's deflected cross, and Ronaldo smashed home the resulting penalty.

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