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"The same thing happened a year ago so we're not anxious at all, the opposite", said Zidane, who is the first coach to successfully defend the European Cup since 1990 and has won seven trophies since taking charge of Real in January 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo is eager to return to action as he prepares for his first start of the season when Real Madrid begin their Champions League defence on Wednesday against APOEL Nicosia, coach Zinedine Zidane said on Tuesday.

"I was a little impressed, because Messi is a piece of a footballer".

"We all thought it was unusual that Barcelona could not keep him but he is a great player and will be fantastic for them". I don't want to go around in circles. "We will get through with the players we have and everything will be all right, I'm sure of that".

Zidane elected to leave Mayoral out of his squad for the match against but confirmed that he will be on the list for APOEL.

Ronaldo was dismissed during the first leg of its Supercopa de Espana triumph over Barcelona and received a five-match ban for shoving the referee.

"We're happy to have Cristiano back". He's an important player in the squad, he's a leader who always wants to win and that rubs off on the others. "He was an important player for them and [the fact] that they could not keep him is a little unusual". He's very happy to be back as well because he loves playing football. "Cristiano hadn't done anything until the last two months [of the season]". Mentally he's fine, physically he's fine.

"Real Mallorca signed me when I was a nine-year-old, but it was my parents who decided but every boy has dreams".


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