It’s El Cla­sico: Barcelona ver­sus Real Madrid

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODPASTIMES -

REAL Madrid for­ward Cris­tiano Ron­aldo has been quick to switch his fo­cus to to­mor­row’s “El Cla­sico” with Barcelona, hav­ing made his re­turn to action against FC Zurich af­ter al­most two months out through in­jury.

Ron­aldo ap­peared as a 70th-minute sub­sti­tute in the 1-0 Cham­pi­ons League win over the Swiss side, the Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance for Madrid since an an­kle in­jury at the end of Septem­ber.

The for mer Manch­ester United winger was un­able to mark his come­back with a goal, al­though he did come close when he was de­nied by a good save from Zurich goal­keeper Johnny Leoni late in the game

Ron­aldo, who re­turned to full train­ing only late last week, said: “I’m tired be­cause I’m still not at 100 per­cent, but I’m sure I will re­turn to be how I was be­fore the in­jury, scor­ing goals, hav­ing good games and help­ing the team.”

The £80 mil­lion player, who scored nine goals in help­ing Madrid win their open­ing seven games, has been sorely missed by the Span­ish club, who won just half of their 10 matches in his ab­sence and were em­bar­rass­ingly dumped out of the Copa del Rey by third-tier Al­cor­con.

He re­ceived a loud cheer from the Madrid sup­port­ers when he started warm­ing up dur­ing the sec­ond half of the Zurich game, and then an­other ova­tion when he re­placed club cap­tain Raul.

“I had a very good re­cep­tion and now I want to show them the best of me,” added Ron­aldo, who ad­mits he is keen to play some part in the show­down with Barca at the Nou Camp.

“I want to play in the Cla­sico if I feel good, al­though that is the rea­son­abil­ity of the coach,” he added.

“In any case, with or without me, the team are first in La Liga.

“Good play­ers al­ways have to play. (Against Zurich) I didn’t score, but I hope to do so in the fol­low­ing game,” Ron­aldo added.

“It doesn’t bother me if it’s 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1; the im­por­tant thing is to win.” – The Daily Tele­graph

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