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Ronaldo hat-trick as Madrid warm up for PSG with big win

Ronaldo hat-trick as Madrid warm up for PSG with big win

The Portuguese netted a hat-trick to help Los Blancos to a win over Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday and is already the top scorer in the Champions League this season on nine, while PSG star Neymar has six in the continental competition.

Zidane left Casemiro out of his squad, while Luka Modric was withdrawn for the final half-hour and Gareth Bale was given 17 minutes from the bench.

The Champions League represents Real's only realistic hope of silverware this season as they are still 16 points adrift of Primera Liga leaders Barcelona following Saturday's comfortable victory, which was earned by Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick and goals from Lucas Vazquez and Toni Kroos.

"It's a very hard game, I am a Real Madrid ambassador and obviously I want them to win, but on the other hand, I like PSG and my great friend Neymar is there, and everyone loves him".

Head coach Zidane was content with the performance against Sociedad, particularly in the first half, and has quickly turned his attention to the midweek meeting with Unai Emery's men.

"Of course, in the second half Wednesday's game was in our minds", he explained in his post-match interview.

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"I think we played the kind of game we had to, but it's true it will be different on Wednesday", he said.

"We know that Wednesday is a knockout tie, and a goal away from home. we must correct these things", he said.

Zinedine Zidane's men have not scaled their usual heights this season and this was still not ideal, but they do look to be finding some form just in time for a potentially season-defining tie with the French side on Wednesday.

As Ronaldo excelled, French striker Karim Benzema failed to break a league scoring drought which now stands at seven games and some supporters at the Bernabeu whistled him. "On Friday they asked me if I was anxious about him not scoring goals and he scored three".

"People come to the stadium and can do what they want, he had chances to score and he did not".

"You asked me if I was anxious about [Ronaldo] and then you have three goals, we know he always wants to score, PSG will have to be careful with him".


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