Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane: UCL refs won't be influenced by late penalty

Lionel Messi give the thumbs up as Barcelona stretched their unbeaten run in La Liga to 39 games a Spanish record with a 2-1 win over Valencia. Lluis Gene  AFP

Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane: UCL refs won't be influenced by late penalty

Gareth Bale may have won La Liga once and the Champions League thrice with Real Madrid, but the former Tottenham Hotspur star's time in Spain has not exactly been great.

The 25-year-old has recently ousted Gareth Bale from Zinedine Zidane's starting eleven and he's certain to be named in the Spanish squad for this summers World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

Ronaldo holds the records for most official goals scored in the top five European leagues (391), the UEFA Champions League (120), the UEFA European Championship (29) and the FIFA Club World Cup (7), as well as most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League season (17). That's Real Madrid: they never give up on victory until the very end.

On loan at Bayern Munich, who host his ex-club Real in the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final next Wednesday, James says the Spanish giants' strength is knowing how to conjure up their best performances in Europe.

"He asked me if I wanted to play for Real Madrid and I said yes". There was strong interest from Manchester United in the past, but the Red Devils are no longer looking to reinforce their attack following the signing of Alexis Sanchez.

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The Spanish club then visit New Jersey's MetLife Stadium to face fellow Champions League semi-finalists Roma on August 7 . It will be the fourth time since 2013 United have travelled to the States to complete their pre-season preparations.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, was able to escape a Juventus comeback in the second leg of the tie, reserving a place for themselves in the semi-finals. These are special games for me.

Ahead of Real Madrid's home match against Athletic Bilbao, Sports Mole looks at Cristiano Ronaldo's record in previous meetings with Les Leones.

"It always happens in a team where you have some players on good form and that is what happening at the minute". "They don't come across as sad to me".

"I thought "thank goodness I wasn't there" when that penalty was whistled, because maybe I wouldn't have been able to curb my instincts", he said. "We've got very good players and I have to evaluate that". And the more I play, the more I can bring to the team, and the coach knows that.

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