Zinedine Zidane wary of Malaga as Real Madrid return to LaLiga action
16 April, 2018, 02:44 | Author: Joan Malone
They played brilliantly and deserved to go through, no doubt.
"However, we have so much work to do in focusing on ourselves, that the rival takes more of a back seat".
Goalkeeper Roberto knows his team-mates face a tough challenge against fourth-placed Madrid and told the club's official website: "Obviously, we know the rival we're up against, the quality they have and the moment they're at, which is what we have in mind when preparing for the game".
However, two strikes in three minutes from former Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City man Roque Santa Cruz meant even Karim Benzema's finish with eight minutes remaining was not enough to deprive the Estadio La Rosaleda faithful a Christmas to remember.
Diego Gonzalez is an injury concern for Malaga after he suffered a thigh injury in training on Friday, but Ignasi Miquel could be back in the squad.
The Portugal star has continued that form and has now scored an incredible 25 goals in his last 14 outings for his club. The Spaniard is only expected to return to action towards the end of the campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo's converted penalty against Juventus sent Madrid into a semi-final showdown with Bayern Munich despite losing the second leg 3-1, keeping them on track for a third consecutive Champions triumph in the competition.
Sergio Ramos is likely to return, having been suspended in midweek, but Zidane is expected to rest other key players for the match.
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Zidane has never tasted defeat to Malaga during his tenure in the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu dugout, and it looks highly unlikely that this weekend will be any different.
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