Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid on an upswing ahead of PSG test

Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid on an upswing ahead of PSG test

The versatile pair of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric still continue to recover from their injuries and are in doubt for the second leg fixture against Paris Saint-Germain.

"We had the PSG game in our heads and perhaps that's why we eased up a bit in the second half and had a few difficulties but once they went down to 10 men it was easier for us", Zidane told reporters.

"We know it will be very tough, but we are clear about our objectives".

During Friday's training session at Valdebebas, the squad's final workout before the match against Getafe on Saturday, Kroos and Modric were both absent, the former suffering from a ligament issue in his knee and the latter a muscular problem.

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It was Ramos who challenged with Isco for Benzema's deep cross in the 24th minute and as the ball dropped invitingly eight yards out, Bale applied the finish.

While Ronaldo should return to the first XI, Marcelo is also expected to feature tonight, which will be his comeback from a hamstring issue.

Neymar is to undergo surgery on a foot injury and will miss the last-16 decider at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, where Real hold a 3-1 advantage from the first leg.

In La Liga, Zinedine Zidane's side moves seven points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who play Barcelona on Sunday, while Getafe stays 10th.

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"But, we can also hurt them".

His moment did come, however, in the 78th minute when he headed in substitute Marcelo's cross at the near post.

"We played well in the first game [against PSG] and against Espanyol we played well too".

While there was some debate as to whether Ronaldo had already reached 300 LaLiga goals after netting a brace against Alaves last weekend - a free-kick against Real Sociedad during the 2010/2011 campaign which went in via a heavy deflection off team-mate Pepe the reason for the uncertainty - the numbers remain impressive reading.

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"We're just going to think about the game. In Paris on Monday and Tuesday we will have people around us so that we can calmly prepare for the game".

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