Real Madrid's confidence is sky-high after their convincing win at Bayern Munich in the Champions League, and they can build on that momentum by taking another step towards the Spanish title when they visit relegation-fighting Sporting Gijon tomorrow.
Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to reach 100 European goals with a brace in Munich, and Zidane added: "We have to be pleased that he says he'll be firing on all cylinders until the end of the season". "It's not easy to play here against a really hard team and, losing 1-0 in the first half, we had good feelings about the second".
"We did well to earn the comeback", Ronaldo said. "I am very happy about that record and the fact he is so motivated to be on top. To be able to reach this mark is an honor and against a team like Bayern it is better still", Ronaldo, who scored both goals, told BeIN Sport Spain.
Bayern's Arturo Vidal opened the scoring and missed a penalty before Ronaldo volleyed the equaliser in the 47th minute and scored the victor 13 minutes from time when he was picked out by Marco Asenio and finished calmly.
Madrid had to come out aggressive in the second half because they knew scoring an away goal was very Important.
Ronaldo reached his milestone by slotting home the victor 13 minutes from time.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer kept Bayern in the tie with a string of saves and believes his team can book a sixth straight semi-finals berth.
Robert Lewandowski was back in Bayern Munich training on Sunday following the club's scoreless draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Soon after the first goal, Bayern and Vidal got one more opportunity to score by penalty but the midfielder failed to score, reports BBC. We are taking it game by game. We showed patience and we showed the willingness to get the right result. "We'll have to see what his injury is".
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale will miss the game against Bayern Munich and possibly Barcelona after picking up a knock to his calf - as reported by Marca.
Ronaldo is closing on 400 goals for Real Madrid following a 2009 move from Manchester United.
"I think we contained Cristiano well until Javi Martínez's red card", said Bayern coach and Ronaldo's former boss Carlo Ancelotti.