Dani Ceballos scores brace in first start as Real Madrid CF win

Dani Ceballos scores brace in first start as Real Madrid CF win

The Spanish and European champions laboured to a 2-1 win over Deportivo Alaves on Saturday (23 September), but Zidane said there was no cause for alarm over the team's performances just yet. The club confirmed via press release yesterday afternoon the Brazilian defender had suffered a grade two hamstring injury (mild tear) during the shock 1-0 loss to Real Betis this week.

Cristiano Ronaldo hit the goal-frame twice in the second half as the Madrid forward seeks his first goal in the league after he was suspended for the first four rounds for pushing a referee.

However, the furious pace at which Zizou's tenure in the dugout began my have slowed: Los Blancos find themselves seven points behind Barcelona, having failed to win a league game at the Bernabeu. The team won the La Liga last season, and if that was not enough, they went on and simply defended their UEFA Champions League crown too. We got the three points thanks to him.

Real's victory ensured Zidane's men can not lose any further ground on Barcelona, who started the weekend with a seven-point advantage over their great rivals.

Zidane desperate for Madrid to remain calm: NewsDay Zimbabwe.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has admitted that outsiders might have doubts about his team's current form, but he and his players have full confidence in what they are doing. I hope it's nothing serious and he'll be able to play on Tuesday.

"The man-marking was clear and we had to find the place where to put Messi to move that player and to get the most out of the situation", said Valverde.

Zidane senior said: "Hopefully he doesn't score, because we're competitive".

The 22-year-old has agreed to a new deal that will run until the end of the 2020-21 season. Now I'm thinking about tomorrow's game to try and do better and try to win.

It was the first time in 73 matches Real had not scored as former Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan ensured his boyhood club went away empty handed and captain Sergio Ramos was also frustrated. Ultimately, like always, he'll make the difference.