Real Madrid to look for morale boost on Saturday

Zinedine Zidane

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"I know everyone wants to know who will play on Wednesday [Thursday AEDT] but the important thing for me was today and, most importantly, the victory", he said.

The LaLiga holders move above Valencia into third following their win, but they are 16 points behind leaders and rivals Barcelona, leaving the Champions League as their main focus.

With Real also out of the Copa del Rey, they face a season-defining clash with Paris Saint-Germain later this month in the Champions League.

Ronaldo, who spent more than four seasons at Madrid, said his former club were always looking to sign the best, and that included Neymar.

He has played more La Liga games than any other Real Madrid player under Zidane.

Manager Zinedine Zidane even brought the club its first La Liga title in five years last season and it seemed the legendary Frenchman could do no wrong.

Neymar's record breaking move to PSG last summer from Barcelona was the biggest statement of intent yet from the soon-to-be Ligue 1 champions that they are desperate to win the Champions League.

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Alban Lafont made a spectacular save to deny Presnel Kimpembe in the fifth minute, the PSG defender turning Neymar's low cross into the goalkeeper's chest from point-blank range. With Zidane giving Isco less substantial starts in the La Liga where Real Madrid's title defence has been shattered emphatically by Clasico rivals FC Barcelona, rumours of Spanish worldwide joining forces with the likes of Guardiola, Mourinho and Pochettino have been increased subsequently.

The French football legend then explained why Real Madrid are not fancying any heavyweight signing because he believes in his current squad.

- Ronaldo has scored in each of his seven league games against Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu (15 goals in total).

"I'm not anxious about what's been said about him".

The quickest goal on Saturday was not scored by Real, but by Antoine Griezmann, who needed only 39 seconds to find the net in Atletico Madrid's 1-0 win at bottom side Malaga that left them just six points off top spot.

"It's huge for us, for the players for the supporters, we'll be up against a great team in a great stadium".

"He was my idol when I was a child, I have seen thousands of videos about him and now he is the manager of one of the best clubs in the world".

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