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Zinedine Zidane Encouraged by Clinical Real Madrid

22 January 2018

Bale then left the visiting goalkeeper Ruben floundered as he send an unstoppable effort into the right hand corner of the net after Ronaldo had appealed for a penalty with the referee allowing play to continue.

Real Madrid made its fans happy again with its biggest league win of the season, despite Cristiano Ronaldo being covered in blood.

Adrian Lopez opened the scoring after 23 minutes for relegation-threatened Depor but doubles from the excellent Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nacho sat alongside a fine Luka Modric strike in a comprehensive 7-1 triumph for Zidane's under-fire side.

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After the early upset for Zinedine Zidane's side, Nacho bagged the equaliser before Bale scored in both halves to make it 3-1.

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It has been a awful season for Real Madrid and Ronaldo by their high standards.

The pair enjoyed success together during Mourinho's three-season tenure with Real between 2010 and 2013, as they won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup, but they are said not to have enjoyed the best of relationships.

Real tried to sign Neymar when he was at Santos but were pipped to his signature by Barca and last month the club's president Florentino Perez made a thinly veiled appeal to the Brazilian to join the 12-times European champions.

However, the trio is now available, but Zinedine Zidane has opted to utilise just Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale from the off, with Benzema among the subs.

Ronaldo suffered a head wound when scoring a courageous diving header in his team's 7-1 La Liga win at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday evening but couldn't wait until he left the field to see how bad it was.

Zinedine Zidane Encouraged by Clinical Real Madrid