Ronaldo returns to action for Real Madrid in UEFA Champions League

Doug Mendoza
September 16, 2017

Apoel are the "Cinderellas" of the group, but the Cypriot side has a wealth of European experience and have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the past.

Zinedine Zidane labelled Cristiano Ronaldo as "the best in the world" following the Portugal captain's return to the Madrid team on Wednesday night.

Real Madrid is now the betting favourite to lift the trophy, followed by PSG, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. The news came on the day when the Brazilian was told that he will be serving a two-match ban following a red card against Levante on Saturday.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has defended team-mate Gareth Bale after the Welshman was jeered by sections of the Santiago Bernabeu crowd during Wednesday's 3-0 win over APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League.

The European and Spanish champions have drawn their last two La Liga games in his absence and Madrid boss has admitted the Portuguese importance to the squad. It is fair to say he will be itching for the opportunity to start off his season in the Champions league.

Real Madrid have dominated the Champions League in recent years, winning three of the last four competitions, with their Spanish rivals Barcelona and Germany's Bayern Munich the only other winners since Chelsea's triumph.

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Ronaldo's most recent major lay-off until his current suspension was at the start of last season.

"It's going to be hard, but we have a great team with great players and I think we can respond to all challenges this year", Modric recently told CNN Sport during Real's preseason tour of the US.

But we doubt Asensio is getting much sympathy from his Madrid team-mates at the moment.

"[.] It is a very long competition and we have to take it game by game".

When he is on the pitch, normally he scores many goals.

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