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Juventus tough rival, says Real Madrid defender

11 April 2018

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane admits Karim Benzema is struggling with a confidence crisis. It's another game and what happened, happened.

"It will be a hard game against a great team", said the French defender.

"We need a tough performance to also set us up for the final weeks of the season, because we still have to win the Scudetto and Coppa Italia Final". Tomorrow's game will be a different story. We want to show that we are a great side, but we have not won anything just yet.

"We had some hard moments, especially with scoring goals". We have a lot of ambition and we are determined to continue at the top level. All without their chief source of creativity in attack, Paulo Dybala, who is suspended after being sent off in the first leg.

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Zidane will miss the services of Nacho Fernandez (muscle injury) and Jesus Vallejo (wound) in this match while team captain Sergio Ramos will be out as he serves a yellow card suspension.

After a slow start to their season, which has consequently seen Real's hopes of La Liga glory slip away rapidly, Zidane's men are heading full-steam ahead as they push for a third-successive Champions League crown.

Los Blancos has remained unbeaten in their last five La Liga games, as the team settled to a 1-1 draw with cross-city rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday also at the Bernabeu. None of these sides have managed to overturn a three-goal deficit.

Premier League referee Michael Oliver will take charge of the match in Spain's capital city.

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Being forced to operate in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo has never been easy for the France global, with his contribution often overlooked.

He explained to BeIn Sports how he has idolised his manager from a young age and has even remodelled his own game since playing under Zidane.

This is done and dusted, but Juventus won't want to turn up and get embarrassed.

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale's agent Jonathan Barnett dismissed speculation suggesting his client will be made available for transfer when the summer transfer window opens with the Spanish capital club looking to get him off their books. "I think that is a sign of true greatness, when the matches are tight, when the opposition is better, he always seems to produce in decisive games and that is a remarkable trait to have".

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Juventus tough rival, says Real Madrid defender