How to stop Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid?

Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice for Real Madrid C.F. in his only appearance since the ban in a comfortable 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League last Wednesday

The former Madrid goalkeeper's finest moment came in denying Bale in spectacular fashion 15 minutes from time, though, as the Welshman's backheeled volley was turned onto the post. It trails Betis by one point.

Madrid enjoyed 60 per cent possession and had 27 efforts at goal to their visitors 12, however their dominance was of no consolation to the Frenchman.

The defeat leaves the reigning La Liga champions without a home league win after three games this season but Zidane remains unconcerned by his side's poor start.

"Next time we have a game at home we have to ensure that we do everything we can to win and change this bad run".

On Tuesday, it was reported that FC Barcelona are considering a move for the playmaker, but according to Don Balon, Ronaldo wants Real to keep an eye on the player.

Madrid looked like they were struggling right from their first match in La Liga.

However, the Spain Under 21 global is yet to play for Los Blancos after having struggling with a thigh injury since the beginning of the campaign.

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The 32-year-old's lack of sharpness was evident as he dashed around the Bernabeu wielding a banjo but unable to find the barn door. Ronaldo played many misplaced passes, unsuccessful dribblings, and off-the-target shots.

"No [complaints], nothing", the Real boss insisted when asked about Ronaldo's performance. This is the best place for me to be, I want to retire here because there is no other club like it.

Zidane substituted the midfielder in the 70th minute alongside Isco.

"Zidane fixed the team as if it were a pizza", scathed Orfeo Suarez in El Mundo.

Zidane's side are already seven points behind leaders Barcelona, who boast a ideal record from their first five games of the campaign, and boos rung around the Bernabeu after the 1-0 reverse to Betis.

Madrid started the season with a 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna - and then things started to go wrong.

"Last year we won games we didn't deserve to and now it is the reverse", said Real coach Zinedine Zidane.

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