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Sunday 19 August 2018

Zidane: Ron' to leave Real legacy

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

Zinedine Zidane believes Cristiano Ronaldo will leave a lasting legacy at Real Madrid like Alfredo Di Stefano has.

Ronaldo's brace in a 3-0 win against Juventus last week - which included an incredible overhead kick from the club's all-time leading scorer - has put Real firmly in charge of their Champions League quarter-final tie ahead of the return leg in Madrid tonight.

Ronaldo's spectacular second goal was so impressive that even Juventus fans applauded it and Real president Florentino Perez has called the 33-year-old the "great heir" to Di Stefano, who won five European Cups and scored 308 goals in 396 games between 1953 and 1964.

"I am not thinking about being without Cristiano Ronaldo, this is what we have and we are happy," Zidane said.

"There are many people who still remember Di Stefano and rightly so. I am one of those people.

"They will also remember Cristiano Ronaldo at this club. We must enjoy this player."

Juventus were beaten in last year's final by Zidane's side and are on the verge of being eliminated by the Spanish giants once again. The Bianconeri are closing in on their seventh domestic title, while Real are only fourth in the table in Spain.

Asked if Serie A was weaker than LaLiga, Zidane replied: "I don't think it is weak.

"I think LaLiga is the best league to be in because every game is difficult - things can go awry right up to the final game."

Zidane, who will be without the banned Sergio Ramos, added: "There is still 50 per cent of the tie to be played."

Bayern Munich's David Alaba and Arturo Vidal have been ruled out of their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Sevilla tonight as the Germans eye a semi-final spot after their 2-1 first leg victory.

Versatile fullback Alaba has missed their last two matches with back problems while midfielder Vidal picked up a knee injury in the first leg.

"David trained with the team but he has not been able to take part in the past few days so he couldn't really push hard yet. So I think it would be better for him to get a few extra sessions under his belt and play on Saturday," Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. "I think Arturo Vidal will return to training on Thursday."

Bayern, in their seventh straight Champions League quarter-final, enjoyed a low-key title celebration during the weekend after securing the Bundesliga title with five games to spare as they wanted to stay focused on securing the treble.

"I do not think there will be any drop of tension from us because it is now that we have to be careful," winger Arjen Robben said.

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