Real Madrid prepare for Roma Champions League tie


Zidane’s side broke the deadlock through Pepe shortly before half-time, but fans still whistled Ronaldo early in the second half when he misplaced a simple pass.

More was to come from Ronaldo as he then curled home a brilliant free kick into the top corner.
Iago Aspas scored the consolation goal for the visitors in the 62nd minute. We have to play well and win well.
“I am the coach and I want Cristiano”, said the Frenchman, who also played for Madrid between 2001 and 2006. Whistles are part of football, they don’t only whistle Cristiano. It is like that.
Zidane will want his most experienced players, though, to ensure Real stay in the hunt for an “Undecima” (11th) European Cup as they target the only major trophy they can still realistically win this season.
“We mustn’t say that they were in a bad way before, because that’s not the case, but with the work we’ve put in, we’re in good shape now”. Few can do that. I used to be good at taking shots but I took them from closer to the goal.
“It is unique. It is something that just he has”.
“We know that the thing hasn’t run its course yet, but if we play the way we did against Gladbach then we’ll reach the next round”, said Wolfsburg’s director of sport Klaus Allofs.
“I experienced it as a player and it’s hard to explain what it feels like”. “He scored four goals and we congratulate him”.
“I’ve learnt a great deal from him, and I’ve used some of his ideas in training”. “I expected the four or five players that haven’t played a lot to end the game exhausted”.
Another banner – which cited Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano’s famous phrase “To wear this badge, you have to sweat the shirt” – was allowed to remain in place. “It was important for him before the Champions League”, said Zidane.
Spalletti believes his players are capable of the “impossible” and will be encouraged by the fact Real scraped through after losing 4-3 at home to Schalke at the same stage of the competition last season having also won the first leg 2-0 away.
“The only thing we have to do is win the game tomorrow”.
‘At the break we spoke about playing faster in the second half and trying to score quickly.
Zidane s own personal highlight as a Real player came in scoring the victor in his debut season in the 2002 Champions League final. “We need to go one step at a time”.