Real Madrid coach Zidane: If you think our season is over, congratulations...!

Javier Howell
September 24, 2017

Llorente has made three appearances in LaLiga this season, including in Saturday's 2-1 win away at Deportivo Alaves, the club with whom he spent last term on loan.

As expected, it was the visitors that dominated the ball in the early stages, but Alaves were a threat in the final third, with Munir's movement in the final third causing Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane problems at the heart of the Real Madrid defence.

They may be seven points off the pace, but coach Zinedine Zidane has urged his troops to remain calm, as Real Madrid look to mount a comeback following a series of poor performances at home this season.

But Madrid responded three minutes later as Ronaldo broke down the right wing, took a shot which Alaves goalkeeper Pacheco fumbled, leaving Ceballos to fire a curling effort towards goal which flies into the bottom corner for his second of the night.

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.

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Another consideration is that the Bengals played last Thursday, so they'll have had extra time to prepare for this contest. Bakhtiari was inactive on Sunday night and he said earlier this week that he is not sure he is ready to come back yet.

Ronaldo went agonisingly close to getting on the score-sheet after 64 minutes as his powerful strike crashed against the upright.

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.

Real had the chance to extend their lead in the 55th minute when Isco through on goal, but the midfielder failed to convert past Pacheco.

Alaves nearly levelled 20 minutes from time when Alfonso Pedraza's effort took a big deflection before heading towards the Real Madrid goal, but the woodwork saved the visitors during an end-to-end period of the match.