Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo hattrick helps Real Madrid beat Atletico 30

Clyde Nash
May 8, 2017

The Balon d'Or holder recorded his second consecutive European hat-trick as the holders crushed city rivals Atletico 3-0 in the first leg of their semi-final at the Bernabeu on Tuesday. "We're one step closer to the final in Cardiff and we're really happy. To score three goals and most importantly in a (two-legged) tie keep a clean sheet at home is very important". "He's got great concentration and quality" added Zidane. "These things happen. We are going to try until the end, until the final whistle is blown in the second leg". We haven't won anything yet. I don't think that you could say that we're in a state of euphoria.

"We still have the second leg". The second goal of the match has created through the second half. We can hurt any side with our weapons. The 3-0 scoreline reflects what a good performance it was. The dominance we had on the pitch shows that the players are fresh. "We know that we're going to have to perform just as well and put in a flawless performance if we're to progress", he added.

"The ball hit me and then went in, but the credit should go to the player who took the free kick".

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His jaw-dropping tally now stands at 399 goals in just 389 games. "It's important for him to rest from time to time and he knows that. He's got goals in him, he is unique". Today Isco played as a number 10 and was fantastic. "I'm pleased with all of my players".

"I have watched Atletico boss Diego Simeone a lot this season and he looks like someone who is coming to an end at the club, that he can not take the team any further".

Next week's match at the Vicente Calderon Stadium leaves Atletico with only a slim chance of avenging the losses to Madrid in the final both in 2016 and in 2014.

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The most impressive thing about him is the fact he's always focussed.

Atletico, the third force in Spanish soccer behind Madrid and Barcelona, is trying to win its first title and avenge the heartbreaking losses to Madrid in a penalty shootout previous year and after extra time in 2014.

Indeed, thanks to his efforts, Los Blancos have an excellent chance of winning a sensational La Liga and Champions League double this year-not a bad return for what has otherwise not been a vintage season for Ronaldo.

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