Champions League: Unfancied Warsaw take on Real, wary of in-form Ronaldo

  • Agencies, Madrid
  • Updated: Oct 18, 2016 16:47 IST
Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez during a training session ahead of the game. (AFP)

The goals keep coming for Cristiano Ronaldo, and they seem to be making Legia Warsaw a bit nervous.

The Portugal forward scored five goals with his national team during the break, and added another for Real Madrid in a La Liga win over Real Betis.

The defending champions will next face Legia in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Legia tweeted Ronaldo congratulations on scoring yet another goal, using the opportunity to direct a tongue-in-cheek comment about the upcoming game as well.

Ronaldo is two goals shy of becoming the first player to score 100 career goals in European club competitions.

Real couldn’t have asked for a better opponent to try to keep its momentum in the Champions League. After beating Real Betis 6-1 in the Spanish league to end a run of four consecutive draws, Madrid gets to face Legia.

Another goal fest is expected at the Bernabeu as Legia have conceded eight and failed to find the net in their two opening matches in Group F against Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon.

However, Zidane warned against the sort of complacency that has already cost his side in draws against Villarreal and Eibar at home so far this season.

“It is a 50-50 game and we have to play very well to make life difficult for them from the beginning.

“This club is in the same competition as us, so there is not a gulf (between the sides) for me, although many people say there is.”

Zidane confirmed James Rodriguez is fit to return from injury, but the Colombian will likely have to make do with a place on the bench.

Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric and Casemiro remain out injured, so Zidane is expected to name an unchanged side.

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