Zinedine Zidane

Real musn't change mentality - Zidane

Zidane is familiar with the cauldron-like atmosphere at San Paolo from his playing days at Juventus and expects a typically high-intensity approach from Maurizio Sarri's side, who are nursing a 3-1 deficit from the first leg.

Ronaldo out of Madrid squad for Sevilla clash

Ronaldo also missed the first leg of the round of 16 tie, with Madrid cruising to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu without their star attacker.

He then returned to the starting XI for the 5-0 win over Granada at the weekend, but will be allowed to sit out Thursday's clash again.

Modric, meanwhile, has featured for the full 90 minutes in Madrid's first two games of 2017, but Zidane does not need the Croatia international at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Zidane lavishes praise on Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo

Ronaldo earned his fourth Ballon d'Or prize on Monday, and is now targeting a third title at the Club World Cup.

"It is very rare that one player wins so many awards," Zidane said Wednesday. "His fourth Ballon d'Or is a great achievement. It is not something you can easily achieve. Maybe he deserves a fifth Ballon d'Or."

Another trophy would move Ronaldo level with Lionel Messi.

Zidane's Madrid on cusp of setting new unbeaten record

When Zidane replaced Rafa Benitez midway through last season, the inexperienced former midfield standout got off to an auspicious start with a 5-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna.

Eleven months and one Champions League title later, Madrid faces Deportivo again at home on Saturday with the chance of surpassing its longest unbeaten run since the club was founded in 1902.

On Wednesday, Madrid equaled a club record of 34 games without a loss set in 1989 under coach Leo Beenhakker when it drew 2-2 with Borussia Dortmund.

Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1: Ramos snatches point to keep Zidane's side in control of title race

The Spain centre-back turned in a brilliant free-kick from Luka Modric to cancel out Luis Suarez's opener and stretch Madrid's unbeaten run to 33 matches in all competitions.

Suarez nodded in Neymar's free-kick shortly after half-time to put Barca ahead in a cagey contest at Camp Nou, and the home side spurned a number of opportunities to double their advantage before Ramos struck.

Barcelona have no weaknesses - Zidane

The Santiago Bernabeu side hold a six-point lead over their rivals in LaLiga and could deal the Catalans' title hopes a severe blow with a win at Camp Nou.

Nevertheless, Zidane is not getting carried away and has dismissed suggestions Madrid are favourites following their unbeaten run of 32 matches.

"There is no favourite for me, it is 50-50. We have studied Barcelona and they have no weak points, they are a very strong team," Zidane told a media conference.

Benzema, Griezmann fit to play in Madrid derby

While Benzema is Madrid's top choice to accompany Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in attack, Griezmann's importance to Atletico is paramount.

Griezmann has scored eight goals for his club this season and should join Yannick Carrasco and Kevin Gameiro in attack for Atletico's home match. He was doubtful because of a foot knock picked up while playing for France until Atletico's team doctors cleared him after Friday's late practice.

Ronaldo secures new Madrid deal until 2021

The three-time Ballon d'Or winner's current deal ran until 2018 and head coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed he was on the brink of a renewal after Sunday's 3-0 LaLiga win over Leganes.

Ronaldo will take part in a signing ceremony at the Santiago Bernabeu to complete the formalities of his new deal on Monday.

The 31-year-old is the latest Madrid superstar to commit his long-term future to the club after Gareth Bale secured a six-year extension a week ago, and he now appears set to conclude his top-level career in the Spanish capital.

Zidane confident of Ronaldo contract renewal

Ronaldo's current agreement ties him to the Santiago Bernabeu club until June 2018, but talks between agent Jorge Mendes and Madrid president Florentino Perez are said to have been taking place over recent weeks.

Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Lucas Vazquez and Gareth Bale have all signed extensions of late, and Zidane hopes to see Ronaldo turning out for Madrid for many years to come.

"I'm happy because what he must do is finish his career here," said Zidane following a 3-0 LaLiga victory over Leganes.

Zidane: I will get sacked

The World Cup winner replaced Rafael Benitez in the Santiago Bernabeu hotseat in January, and led them to glory in the Champions League - the 11th time they have been crowned Europe's best club team.

He was unable to deliver the LaLiga title, though, as they finished a point behind Barcelona, and the new campaign has brought fresh challenges.

After an impressive start that almost saw Madrid equal Barcelona's record 16-game winning run in the top-flight with a 2-0 victory over Espanyol, they have not won since.