Real boosted as Ron­aldo re­turns for key City clash

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Zine­dine Zi­dane says it will be a “dis­as­ter” if Real Madrid can­not over­come Manch­ester City at the Bernebeu and book their place in yet an­other Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal.

The 10-time Eu­ro­pean Cup win­ners strug­gled to break down City in the first leg at the Eithad but will be boosted by the re­turn of tal­is­man Cris­tiano Ron­aldo.

The for­ward, who is the top scorer in this sea­son’s Cham­pi­ons League with 16 goals, missed the first leg of the semi-fi­nal with a thigh in­jury but is ex­pected to play a star­ring role in Madrid.

“Cris­tiano is fine, he is 100 per cent, he has trained and will be with us, there is no risk,” said Madrid man­ager Zi­dane. “We need to be pa­tient and calm as they have good play­ers, es­pe­cially up front, but we’ll play our foot­ball as al­ways.

“This will be a tougher game than the first leg be­cause we know it will all be de­cided but it will be a dis­as­ter if we don’t go through.”

Madrid have yet to con­cede a goal at home in the Cham­pi­ons League this sea­son and have scored 18 times at the Bernebeu.

Mak­ing City’s task even more dif­fi­cult is the fact they will be with­out the in­jured mid­field duo of David Silva and Yaya Toure.

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