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Transfer news & rumours Chelsea want Marco Asensio

Transfer news & rumours Chelsea want Marco Asensio

Despite such a comfortable victory over Real Sociedad, the second half performance from Los Blancos saw a notable drop in quality, something that the former Juventus player noticed. Ex-Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi volleyed home from close range late on.

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

Toni Kroos curled home the third from outside the area and Ronaldo headed home Luka Modric's corner in a four-minute spell before the interval.

With Real 16 points adrift of league leaders Barcelona and out of the Copa del Rey, the Champions League represents their only realistic chance of salvaging silverware from what has been a torrid season so far.

But Madrid could hardly have had an easier workout ahead of facing Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and the rest, with Rulli spilling a shot from substitute Bale at the feet of Ronaldo, who gratefully tucked away the loose ball for his first club hat-trick of the campaign.

"We had problems in the second half, but I will choose to focus on the positives". But they have been poor domestically this season.

"We knew it was going to be hard, but these are the kind of games we enjoy playing", Griezmann told beIN Sports.

In Malaga, second-placed Atletico went ahead nearly instantly when Antoine Griezmann capitalised on Saul Niguez's deflected strike falling at his feet close to goal.

Madrid had only won one of their last five home games in all competitions but Sociedad made for ideal opponents on Saturday, losing at the Santiago Bernabeu for the ninth time in a row.

"We started very strongly, taking advantage of our opponent being off balance and we could score a goal which put us ahead", Atletico coach Diego Simeone told reporters. "We will be very motivated". "Everyone has played a lot of minutes, that's why we are where we are, because the team worked well". Ivan Ramis scored in stoppage-time to give surprise package Eibar a 1-0 victory at Leganes that leaves them sixth.

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