Real Madrid had a bit of luck - Bale

"I am the coach and I want him, he's prepared and ready to play", said Zidane, ahead of Tuesday's Champions League game with AS Roma.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was the scourge of AS Roma again as he inspired the hosts to a 2-0 win and a place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday, scoring and setting up a goal Rodriguez to seal a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Despite being the top scorer in both competitions some Madrid supporters have still called for the 31-year-old to be sold, but boss Zidane has told Ronaldo to ignore the critics.

Roma had a few clear chances before Madrid scored but could not capitalize on them to reverse the 2-0 loss in Rome, failing in its attempt to reach the quarters for the first time in eight years.

Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Cristiano Ronaldo - who was whistled at by fans during Real Madrid's match with Celta Vigo - has peaked.

In the second half, Navas rushed out to deny Roma defender Kostas Manolas and then went flying to his right to claw away a stinging low strike by Diego Perotti.

Ronaldo to the rescue: The Madrid star put the home crowd at ease when he scored in the 64th minute. Somehow, someway, Roma has to catch Madrid napping, hoping that their new look throws just enough confusion into the mix that Salah or El Shaarawy can sneak one past Madrid's impressive backline and start the Santiago Bernabeu shaking in their boots.

"They have the advantage that we have to force something because the result of the first leg penalised us too much for what you saw on the pitch".

"The league is not over and we have to play every game until the end", he added.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. "The way they are training allows me to ask that", said Spalletti.

On the plus side, the European challenge has gone exceptionally well so far: they have won six of their seven competition outings this season, leading this round-of-16 tie 2-0 from the away leg, and they enter the return leg fresh from a 7-1 league triumph over seventh-placed Celta Vigo.

Ronaldo took his personal tally in this season's Champions League to 12 with the opener at the Stadio Olimpico while his haul against Celta moved him on to 27 Primera Division goals.

The blow appeared to affect Szczesny four minutes later when Ronaldo laid the ball into the path of Rodriguez, who drilled the ball through Szczesny's legs for Madrid's second.

"Over the 90 minutes many things could have happened because we were up against a team with good and fast footballers, but we got the job done". Playing him there frees up Kroos but he looked less than comfortable in the first 20 minutes.

Things are looking good for Madrid, they controlled most of the action in the first half of the game, making good passes and taking 18 shots.

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