Real Sociedad midfielder Canales: Players do their own thing at Real Madrid


Zinedine Zidane will be without just two first-team players when Real Madrid welcome Real Sociedad at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

Jon Bautista and Asier Illarramendi scored for Sociedad.

Real start the weekend 19 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona following last weekend's 2-2 draw at relegation battlers Levante.

Ronaldo netted four goals in his first 14 league matches, his poor form one of the reasons Barcelona were able to leave Madrid in the wake during the first half of the season.

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The Brazilian, who has been touted as the man to break Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's domination of world football, brought in his 25th birthday last week with a extravagant birthday bash which was attended by all of his PSG teammates and many high-profile Brazilian footballers, past and present.

Real Madrid will look to quickly move on from yet another frustrating result this season when they play hosts to Real Sociedad at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Lucas Vazquez broke the deadlock for Real after just 49 seconds and Ronaldo added the second after superb work by Marco Asensio and Marcelo.

Real Madrid's horrid season has seen them bow out of the title race, crash out of the Copa Del Rey and they are not tipped to succeed further in Europe at the expense of PSG. Madrid have given me everything, it's my second home and they have given me all the support that I needed.

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Schalke refused to buckle, however, and was rewarded for its intensity when Franco di Santo equalized before the half-hour mark. Eintracht Frankfurt defeated bottom club Cologne 4-2 at home to move to fourth, the last place for a Champions League playoff.

PSG, with Lassana Diarra playing in defensive midfield and trying to stake a Champions League claim, came up against stubborn Toulouse resistance and Lafont saved well from Kylian Mbappé, then miraculously from Neymar.

It was Atletico's eighth victory by a 1-0 margin in La Liga this season and put some pressure back on Barcelona, although they can again move nine points clear at the top by beating Getafe at the Camp Nou on Sunday.

Neymar and PSG travel to Madrid on Wednesday night to take on Real in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie. "We know the weapons we possess and everything can change very quickly".

Real Madrid are a different beast in the European Cup and so too is Cristiano Ronaldo.

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It's the club where I grew into a footballer and it's always special to play at the Bernabéu - and particularly for me this time on the visiting side which is something I've never done before.