Madrid put Levante game behind them to prepare for APOEL

Ronaldo was given a 5-game ban for being sent off and pushing a referee in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona in August.

However, the outright record of three successive title triumphs is very much on the cards for Zinedine Zidane's men.

Zidane did not answer directly when asked if Madrid's recent La Liga draws with Levante and Valencia had shown that the team was still "dependent" on their 32-year-old star.

A statement on Real's official website said: "Real Madrid CF and Marcelo have agreed to extend the player's contract, which will see him remain at the club until June 30, 2022". He is a leader and always wants to win and he transmits that to the rest of the squad.

It will be a crucial and very hard game, and with Karim Benzema injured and Cristiano Ronaldo still suspended from domestic action (although he can play tonight), Bale will be expected to lead the line and serve as the focal point of the attack.

Antonio Conte, dare we say, sounds a bit nervous when it comes to this managerial go-round as compared to his UCL runs with Juventus. "It would have been nice to have kept Morata, but we have to understand that he wanted to play more minutes and chose to leave".

"You can have a big squad with all the resources, but when the moment of truth arrives you need to not have injuries, for your players to be in optimum form and have luck".

Jose Mourinho can be happy with how Manchester United's return after a one-year absence is shaping up, along with his own quest to be the first person to coach three different clubs to European glory.

"You may think that we are lacking a "number nine", and maybe we are".

"We've got the chance to fly the Madrid flag high again at this Club World Cup". He said, "Varane is doing well, has recovered and is back with us". But we are used to that. "We collected flags and badges of other teams too, but the Spain and Madrid flags were always there". It is good for him to be able to play tomorrow, as he has been a few games without playing.

Asensio will also miss the Champions League opener due to a minor fitness issue but the Spaniard should be back in time for the following La Liga trip to Sociedad.

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