Zinedine Zidane

Madrid lead is not worth anything – Zidane

Goals in the first nine minutes from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana rendered Cristiano Ronaldo's reply just before half-time meaningless, and Madrid's advantage over Barcelona is now just one point – although Los Blancos have a game in hand.

Zidane stopped short of criticising his side's performance, but warned against complacency as Madrid aim to clinch the club's first domestic league title since 2012.

"The truth is that we lost the match in 10 minutes," said Zidane. "We played well, we had opportunities but two errors cost us two goals.

Madrid ready to retain Champions League title - Zidane

"We know how tough this competition is. If you put in a good performance in one game of a tie, that doesn't mean you'll go on to win the competition. You have to take it one step at a time, one game at a time, because every team in the Champions League wants to win the title. It's a very tough, long journey. We are on the right path, we have almost a fully fit squad. That makes my job harder in choosing the team. But we are ready and the Champions League is in our grasp once again."

Bale makes early return to training

Wales star Bale has been out of action since Madrid's 2-1 win over Sporting CP in the Champions League group stage in November, when he suffered ankle tendon damage that required surgery.

The club's official Twitter account posted a picture of Bale training with the first-team group ahead of the club's Champions League last-16 clash against Napoli on Wednesday, despite head coach Zinedine Zidane previously targeting a return for Bale in the second leg of that tie.

Bale has scored twice in his five Champions League appearances this season.

Zidane eyes possible Bale return at Napoli

Wales star Bale has been out since suffering ankle tendon damage that required surgery during a 2-1 win at Sporting CP in the group stage.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's LaLiga match with bottom club Osasuna, Zidane was tentatively upbeat over the prospects of the 27-year-old forward featuring amid the typically daunting atmosphere at Stadio San Paolo next month.

"I think it's March 7 when we play Napoli. Hopefully, it would be great news if he could be back," Zidane said.

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.