People who love me never have any doubts, says Ronaldo

I'm very happy. I want to thank Real Madrid for the opportunity to make a brilliant career at this club and my teammates as well.

But now it has been decided not to attempt to rush him back for Tuesday's second leg against Bayern in order to give him the best chance of being fit for El Clasico next Sunday. Half an hour later he poked the victor through Manuel Neuer's legs. "The people that love Cristiano never doubt me". "It's a positive result but there is a return game left and the tie is still to be played for".

But Ronaldo, who scored a brace against Carlo Ancelotti's side, after Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for the home side, feels the quarter-final tie isn't over just yet. It was Martínez's replacement Juan Bernat that Ronaldo beat to the ball for the clincher.

While it's true Javi Martinez's sending off on the hour mark tilted the game in Real's favour, Ronaldo nonetheless showed supreme nous to get in the right place at the right time on two separate occasions.

Zidane, however, warned against any complacency, despite the confident performance. "He was happy, but not so much because he knew he could have scored a third", the Frenchman revealed.

Ronaldo is no stranger to these feats yet he acknowledged this night could have ended very differently.

If you go in 2-0 down, regardless of the fact that it wasn't a penalty, it becomes a different game. Football is a real bag full of surprise and in a few minutes anything can happen.

Bayern headed into the game without the injured duo of Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels, while Real themselves were without Pepe and Raphael Varane.

Zinedine Zidane is counting on Real Madrid to produce a second masterclass away from home this week as they turn their focus back onto domestic matters. We had the game under control, but there was a lack of efficiency. Hopefully we'll win and reach the Semi-Final.

The former Manchester United star has endured a hard season, despite plundering 24 goals across all competitions. "I'm in good condition", he said.

And the Portuguese player said he has made major changes to his training regime to ensure he is injury free at the end of the campaign unlike recent seasons. "In recent years I've reached the end of term at my limit, with a little injury".

  • Julie Sanders