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Ronaldo deserves more respect, says Real Madrid coach Zidane

The 25-year-old shows his disappointment during his side's clash with Bilbao The 25-year-old shows his disappointment during his side's clash with Bilbao
Montrelle Montesinos | 06 Diciembre, 2017, 08:54

Ramos told TVE: "Nothing has ever happened between him and me".

Los Blancos have endured a torrid time so far this season and are currently eight points behind arch-rivals and league leaders Barca.

The 32-year-old is still expected to pick up the Ballon d'Or award on Thursday for firing Real to Champions League glory last season, scoring hat-tricks against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the quarter and semi-finals and a double in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the final.

In recent weeks, the Spanish media have spoken of an increasingly tense relationship between Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"It is true that we need to score more goals because, being eight points behind in La Liga, the situation isn't ideal", added Zidane.

"We'll keep working at it and I'm sure we'll be there or thereabouts at the end".

Despite progressing in the Champions League and Copa del Rey, some of their performances have been criticised. But the fact that it hit the outside of the post, rather than find the corner of the net, summed up how it has been going for Ronaldo in front of goal in LaLiga this season.

The 14 saves made by de Gea equals the record jointly held by Tim Krul, set in a game for Newcastle United against Tottenham in November 2013, and Vito Mannone - who was playing for Sunderland against Chelsea in April 2014 - since Opta began collecting data in the 2003-04 Premier League season.

They play Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, but because the German team have been so poor themselves, they don't have any chance of leapfrogging Real into second.

The European champions host Sevilla on Saturday before jetting off to Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup and then face Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu on Dec 23.

"Above all for the injury to Samuel than to give away the goal".