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Zidane angered by five-game Ronaldo ban

MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane expressed his anger on Tuesday at a five-game ban handed to Cristiano Ronaldo for pushing a referee after being sent-off against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. Madrid hold a 3-1 first leg lead going into the second leg against their fierce rivals on Wednesday (2100 GMT), but will have to do without Ronaldo. The World Player of the Year was controversially shown a second yellow card for diving on Sunday and handed an extra four-game ban for a light push on referee Ricardo…

Zidane hints Ronaldo to feature against Man United

SKOPJE, Macedonia: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane indicated that Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United after travelling with the squad to Skopje on Monday. Ronaldo was surprisingly named in the reigning European champions’ group for Tuesday’s match in the Macedonian capital after only returning to training with his club over the weekend. His summer has been overshadowed by accusations of tax evasion in Spain, which led to him appearing in court last week, and speculation over…

Zidane insists Madrid aren’t taking La Liga triumph for granted

MADRID: Zinedine Zidane insisted his Real Madrid stars don't feel like champions yet, as his side close in on a potential double. A victory against Celta Vigo on Wednesday at Balaidos would put Madrid three points clear of Barcelona at the top of the table before the season finale on Sunday. They have also secured a place in the Champions League final against Juventus on June 3 in Cardiff. However, Zidane was cautious and says nobody at the club believes they have won anything yet. Asked about the club's chances of…

Zidane dismisses Real criticism ahead of Cup clash at Celta

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rounded on his team's detractors on Tuesday ahead of the King's Cup quarter-final second leg at Celta Vigo, saying their recent blip in form has been exaggerated. Real set a Spanish record of 40 games unbeaten in all competitions earlier in January and remain top of the La Liga standings by a point with a game in hand on title rivals Barcelona and Sevilla. A first league defeat of the season by Sevilla and a 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo in the Cup removed the team's veneer of invincibility,…

Ronaldo angry about lack of goals, says Zidane

MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo is angry with his recent record in front of goal but not anxious about when he will find the net next, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said on Friday. With four strikes in nine appearances in all competitions, Real's all-time top scorer is in the midst of his worst start to a season since joining the Spanish champions from Manchester United in 2009. Ronaldo failed to score in Real's 5-1 drubbing of Legia Warsaw and Sunday's 2-1 success over Athletic Bilbao, substitute Alvaro Morata hitting the…