Ronaldo, banned for pushing a referee after being sent off in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, opened the scoring after just 12 minutes from Gareth Bale’s low cross.
– Ronaldo returns to action in Madrid’s UEFA Champions League fixture on Wednesday. He still has one more match of his domestic ban left to serve and will miss Sunday’s visit to the current joint leaders of La Liga Real Sociedad.
“We are going to come up against some fiercely determined competition along the way”, Zidane said in the press conference ahead of the Champions League opener. I just want to go out on to the football pitch and enjoy my football. “Everyone always wants to beat the best team in the world – and at the moment we are the best”.
He is now the club’s second-longest serving foreign player with 414 appearances, behind only his compatriot Roberto Carlos, who played 527 times for Real Madrid. “He only likes playing football and we are happy because he is in very good physical shape and also in good mental shape”, commented Zidane, who nevertheless would not reveal whether Ronaldo would play in the central striking role.
This battle is more about how Waterman will be able to handle Ronaldo’s strikes and play in front of goal. The rest of the team should be a mixture of veterans in the team and new signings that are sure to make an impact on Sevilla’s season overall.
Both teams have only previously met in the quarter finals of the 2011/12 Champions League, with the Madrid side won 8-2 on aggregate (3-0 Game-1, 5-2 Game-2).
Victor Wanyama and Serge Aurier will have to navigate a tough Group H which has Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Apoel; they also have the Wembley hoodoo to overcome before they can start thinking of winning the Champions League. We are starting a path and to build something important.
“In Liga we have not been able to win our last two games”, the Costa Rica worldwide said.
The 21-year-old was expected to be one of the first names on the team-sheet for their Champions League clash with Apoel Nicosia this evening (7.45pm).