It’s El Clasico: Barcelona versus Real Madrid
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