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The Portuguese helped Los Blancos brush aside city rivals Atletico Madrid 3-0 in the first leg of their semi-finals at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Gonzalo Higuain's brace, a goal in each half, has the Bianconeri well set for third Champions League final in three seasons of their own, which compares favourably with holders Real Madrid.

"I'll try to give the best as always".

The Real Madrid forward has been pacing himself, skipping games that he would have normally played in previous years, and is peaking at just the right time.

Zidane continued: "I am happy with what I am doing here and with the players, we played a great game".

Madrid will advance even with a two-goal loss in next week's second leg at Vicente Calderon Stadium.

The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. "We must remain cool and look to win in the second leg too".

"He has natural ability coupled with hard work". I'm pleased because whenever a player comes off, whoever comes on does a great job, it's impressive. We're very happy with our performance, the three goals and, above all, to have kept a clean sheet here at home.

"It's an advantage and I won't lie - a good, very good one". We will suffer at their place for sure.

"You also need to have a bit of luck as well, because I prepared myself and things have been going well, for me and for the team".

"There are few players who can do what Ronaldo has done and we all know that". "There's no such thing as an easy game and we need to play a flawless game at their place in order to go through". I've prepared to be fit for this final stage of the league and for the Champions League as well.

Benzema shrugged off a challenge from Atletico's Diego Godin and the ball came to Ronaldo, who was tackled by Felipe Luis, only for the ball to come back off the Portugal star's body and he slammed home his second goal of the night on the half-volley.

"It is very complicated, but it is football". After his second hat-trick of this season, the officials had only one choice for man of the match against Atletico Madrid.

"It seems impossible, but it is football and football has these unexpected things that make it marvellous". We will play until the last drop of possibility we have.

  • Julie Sanders