Zinedine Zidane taking nothing for granted


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Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid still have plenty of work to do despite beating local rivals Atletico 3-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

In what was expected to be a tight game at the Bernabeu, Los Blancos proved a class apart, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick making him the undoubted hero on the night.

With Atleti also failing to score an away goal, the tie looks all but done ahead of next Wednesday’s return game at the Vicente Calderon but Zidane is taking nothing for granted.

This season’s Champions League has seen a number of improbable comebacks and there are sure to be plenty of fireworks in what will be the final derby between the pair at the Calderon.

The Real boss admitted it was hard not to be pleased with the efficiency his side showed on Tuesday but insists that their place in the final is far from assured.

“We’re happy with the game, to have scored three and above all not have conceded at home, because we know how important away goals are,” Zidane said.

“When you look at the game and the scoreline it means we did a great game. We still have the second leg.

“We will have to work hard and fight for it. We will suffer at their place for sure.

There’s no such thing as an easy game and we need to play a perfect game at their place in order to go through.”

The holders are the current 1.67 favourites to lift the trophy again in Cardiff on June 3, with Juventus second in the betting at 2.63.

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