Real Madrid's Marco Asensio misses European tie with infected pimple

Real Madrid's Marco Asensio misses European tie with infected pimple

Real Madrid's man-in-form Marco Asensio has been ruled out of the holders' Champions League opener for the most freakish reason.

Shaka Hislop and Alexis Nunes discuss the implications of Isco's new deal on Gareth Bale's future at Real Madrid.

"When you are here the players want to fight to try to win it, maybe because we are not in (mainland) Europe".

"Bale is capable of playing in a number of positions and on the left he can do a good job too", Zidane said.

The La Liga champions have only drew their last two home games, which for most sides isn't catastrophic, but at Madrid this is a mini crisis gathering speed.

"I am happy to have started my Champions League dream with a win, it will be hard to forget", said Ceballos, who joined from Real Betis in July for a reported fee of €18 million.

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Gareth Bale has called for "calm" after an opening to the 2017-18 season that has not gone completely to plan for either him or Real Madrid.

And then of course is his return this season, after his five game ban, with his return in the Champions League against APOEL, and took just 12 minutes to leave the net billowing.

An imperious Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice on his first competitive start of the season as Real Madrid beat APOEL Nicosia 3-0 on Wednesday to get their quest for a third successive Champions League crown off on the right note. "All games are different, but the motivation and ambition he has will be important for the team". 32 teams, divided into eight groups, will play in this year's Champions League.

Ronaldo showed his hunger for more goals as he retrieved the ball from the net and raced back to the halfway line.

"I never listened to any offers".

"When you look at the players we had like Morata and Mariano and you look now and there is only Mayoral, you could think we lack a number nine", admitted Zidane. "We will fight until the end to qualify".