Real Madrid vs APOEL, how and where to watch

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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 title defence today against APOEL, coach Zinedine Zidane said yesterday at his pre-match press conference.

Alejandro Moreno says Real Madrid have already put themselves in a hard situation in the La Liga title race.

While he had always been regarded as one of Spanish football's most talented young stars, the extent of the impact he has gone on to make in such a short space of time could not have been predicted.

"We have a stupendous squad but this is a competition that takes you to the limit in all aspects", added Butragueno.

"We thought it was odd that Neymar left Barcelona", he said. Cristiano brings not only goals, but is a leader as well and he always wants to win. "We would have liked Morata to stay, but he wanted to play more, to leave, and we respected that". We must not go over it too much, as I believe a lot in [youngster Borja] Mayoral.

Real Madrid vs APOEL, how and where to watch
Real Madrid vs APOEL, how and where to watch

'He was an important player for them and they couldn't hold onto him.

Zidane admitted his side felt pressure as favourites aiming to be the first team to win three consecutive European Cups since the 1970s but his side were used to knowing they had to win each and every game. Remember - we had to reduce gap to the top-four sides, now we're fighting again to reduce the gap with these type of clubs in the Champions League.

He is clear to play in the Group H clash against Cypriot champions APOEL, and Zidane said: "He's in a very good mood and is very happy to play, because this is what he really loves, playing football". "We're all excited to have him back with us".

"Rafa [Varane] is fine now, fully recovered, he will be with us", Zidane said.

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