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Zidane defends out-of-form Benzema ahead of Juventus tie

Zidane defends out-of-form Benzema ahead of Juventus tie

La Liga giants Real Madrid CF will look to advance to the semifinals of the 2017-2018 UEFA Champions League as they host Serie A champions Juventus FC at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Wednesday.

"His goal against Juventus was one of the most attractive in football history, a wonderful goal by the best player in the world".

"I do not think of playing without Cristian, we have him and we are happy", Zidane said on Tuesday.

"It will also be important that we also play a defensive game since we know that Real Madrid have the experience to know that anything can happen in the game".

He added: "All the times we've come to Madrid in the past, the chances of qualifying have always been high but that's less the case this time, even though we still have to honour our history and the shirts we're wearing".

Real have claimed only two La Liga titles since 2008, under Jose Mourinho's guidance in the 2011/12 campaign and with Zidane last season. Obviously we have prepared this game differently, starting at 0-3. It's another game and what happened, happened.

But the Juve coach wants his players to stick to their game plan, rather than attacking Madrid from the off and risking another big defeat.

"We have to just think about reaching the semifinals, nothing else interests me".

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"First, we need to get to the final".

"When we scored again, with three or four goals, you cheer up, you feel better, you have your confidence back", Zidane said. However, they will be without midfielders Paulo Dybala and Rodrigo Bentancur through suspension.

Raphel Varane will start against Juventus but Sergio Ramos is suspended and Nacho Fernandez is still out with a hamstring injury. Lucas Vazquez and Jesus Vallejo are also doubts.

It means this is Ronaldo's third most prolific Champions League showing to date already and, with Real nearly certain to reach the semifinals, he is unlikely to finish here.

"It is set to be a huge tie against a top side". None of these sides have managed to overturn a three-goal deficit.

"As a kid, I would have signed for my last game in the Champions League to be here".

"Gareth is a Real Madrid player and loves Real Madrid and Real Madrid love Gareth", Barnett told ESPN FC.

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