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Cristiano Ronaldo says Real Madrid motivated for Champions League

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti discusses the report that Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos have handed in transfer requests.
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane was pleased with his side's effort considering the changes he made to the squad, following their 3-1 victory at Levante.

Cristiano Ronaldo has said Real Madrid are as motivated as ever for the Champions League despite their uneven domestic season.

Portugal captain Ronaldo, whose side have a 2-0 advantage after winning at Roma in the round-of-16 first leg, said they had played "a great game" in Italy.

But speaking to reporters at a publicity event in Madrid, he said: "We played a great game against Roma.

"Now we are playing before our fans with a good lead, but we can't get overconfident.

"We're having a difficult season in La Liga, and in the Copa del Rey we were eliminated. But as I've said many times, we're still in the Champions League and we're hoping to win it.

"It's no coincidence that Real Madrid is the club to have lifted the most European Cups [10] in the world. We're excited, nothing is lost and we're going to keep working hard to achieve things come the end of the season."

Ronaldo, who said one of his remaining aims was to dribble past 11 players before scoring a "PlayStation" goal, added: "Talent is worth nothing without dedication.

"I am almost always the same and I want to stay in that shape, earning titles for the team and individually so that my fans are happy."

Ronaldo was embroiled in controversy on Saturday when he said Real would be top of the table if his teammates were on his level.

He later said he had only meant to refer to his injured teammates' fitness, and coach Zinedine Zidane said: "Cristiano talked with everyone, with me, with the players.

"Now it is something that is past. Cristiano, we know the importance he has. We are all with him. That issue is over.

"What is important is what is in front -- and we will go forward all together."


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