Real Madrid coach Zidane admits Bale 'strain'

Jon Howard
October 2, 2017

Portuguese worldwide Cristiano Ronaldo provided the superb assist for the 25-year-old Spaniard who curled the ball at the far corner of the post.

By that time, Real Madrid were already ahead through Isco's opener, but the visitors' renewed intensity and tempo after the restart changed the dynamic of the contest.

"We'll see [Sunday] if he's involved. he could be available", Zidane said. "It's muscle fatigue, but we don't like to take any risks".

"We would love to play all our games here at the Bernabeu", Zidane said when asked if his side were negatively affected by the demanding atmosphere of their stadium.

When asked about whether Cristiano Ronaldo has hinted for a contact renewal or not, the manager said that the Portuguese worldwide is in good shape and is most interested in scoring goals by playing more matches. He trains with Cristiano [Ronaldo] every day and he is learning from him.

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Cristiano Ronaldo's wait for a first LaLiga goal of the season goes on with the Portuguese superstar squandering two excellent chances to get off the mark in the first half.

Gerard Moreno hitting the woodwork near the half-time whistle was as close as Espanyol came to piercing Real's lines in the first period, although they did pop up with their chances after the interval, too.

Zidane was delighted to see Marco Asensio follow the likes of Karim Benzema, Isco, Dani Carvajal, Marcelo and Raphael Varane in signing a new deal with Madrid this week.

Real Madrid: Can there be anyone else apart from Cristiano Ronaldo? With Gareth Bale a doubt as well, things will revolve around Ronaldo and he simply has to deliver - a situation in which he thrives.

With a World Cup qualifier in Georgia looming on Friday, 6 October, Wales will await the result nervously even though Real boss Zinedine Zidane says it is "a small problem". Week seven of Liga action brought a 2-1 home victory over Compostela that sparked a run of three wins and the brief hope that Real may recover sufficiently to launch a title defence. However, Madrid have yet to win at the Bernabeu this season, and Espanyol have pulled off some impressive draws this season.

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