Ronaldo, Benzema in for City clash
25 April 2016, 16:35
Madrid - Real Madrid stars Cristiano
Ronaldo and were both included in coach
Zinedine Zidane's squad for their Champions League semi-final, first leg at
Manchester City on Tuesday despite fitness doubts.
Three-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo
missed Saturday's 3-2 win at Rayo Vallecano with a minor thigh injury, but is
expected to start on his return to Manchester, where he spent six years with
Manchester United between 2003 and 2009.
Benzema is a bigger doubt after limping off
with a knee injury before half-time at Rayo.
Right-back Dani Carvajal also returns after
two games out as Zidane has called-up all 23 available players for the trip to
Gareth Bale was Real's hero as he scored
twice to turn around a 2-0 deficit at Rayo.
And the Welshman - who returns to England
for the first time since leaving Tottenham Hotspur three years ago - believes
home advantage in the second leg gives Madrid the edge to reach a 14th European
"I think that the most important thing
is to score away from home," he told the club's website.
"At the Santiago Bernabeu we are very
strong and obviously we'll have a lot of chances.
"Playing the second leg at home is
important psychologically. If we get a good result in the Etihad Stadium, back
at the Bernabeu our fans are always going to help us.
"A win is always a good result, but as
long as we don't lose there, we'll be very confident at the Bernabeu."