January 24 2018

Real yet to feel at home: Zidane

January 24 2018, 01:45 | Sammy Rose

GETTYJose Mourinho was not surprised by the reception Wayne Rooney got

Jose Mourinho was not surprised by the reception Wayne Rooney got

Real Madrid were beaten 1-0 by Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday to leave them seven points behind Barcelona.

However, with Ronaldo's return came yet more bad news for Zidane when Toni Kroos was ruled out of Saturday's trip to Alaves after a rib injury forced the German worldwide to miss training on Friday.

And sure enough, after he scored another two Champions League goals in Real's 3-0 win against APOEL, CR7™ has now reached a whole load of new landmarks.

The Portugal worldwide ended last season in stunning form as he nearly single-handedly guided Real to glory in both La Liga and the Champions League.

It was after victory at San Mames in their title winning campaign in 2013/14 that Diego Simeone admitted for the first time his side could beat Madrid and Barca to La Liga. All the work we have done is not going to be thrown in the trash because of three bad games at home.

The 22-year-old midfielder told his club's website: "We've started badly, we didn't want to do it like that". "In other years it has been similar and they have still won titles.I hope the good results come back". The most enticing clash of the weekend comes at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday lunchtime as third hosts second when Atletico Madrid welcome Sevilla.

Madrid are now in 8th place, seven points behind leaders Barcelona, who are yet to drop points this campaign.

"We have to be united and think of ourselves, but there is a great team here and there are no excuses".

And Betis snatched all three points in the 93rd minute, Antonio Sanabria powering home a header from Antonio Barragan's cross.

"These things happen in football and right now we are in a bad moment, but I am very happy with how we are playing and what we are doing".

Cristiano Ronaldo, starting his first La Liga game of the season following suspension, saw a goalbound effort scrambled away sixty seconds later as an even opening 45 minutes had chances created and squandered at either end.

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