Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helps Real Madrid to easy win over Sociedad

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo right celebrates after scoring his side's fourth goal past Real Sociedad's goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli left during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Real Sociedad at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in M

"I know everyone wants to know who will play on Wednesday [Thursday AEDT] but the important thing for me was today and, most importantly, the victory", he said.

Jon Bautista and Asier Illarramendi scored for Sociedad.

Madrid is now fourth in La Liga, 19 points behind Barcelona, but the 41-year-old feels the club could perhaps win a third straight Champions League despite their struggles this campaign.

Zinedine Zidane's men have not scaled their usual heights this season and this was still not ideal, but they do look to be finding some form just in time for a potentially season-defining tie with the French side on Wednesday.

They could - and should - have won by more, with Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who was booed by the home fans after missing a last-minute sitter, also hitting the woodwork. Diario AS caught up with the former madridista before the game to discuss the game and his feelings about meeting his old employers and warns that however poor Real Madrid's recent results have been, there is no such thing as an ideal time to take them on.

Zinedine Zidane's LaLiga champions dominated from the first minute at the Bernabeu and were four goals up at the break courtesy of Lucas Vazquez's opener, two goals from Ronaldo and a superb strike from Toni Kroos.

If Zidane can not win the Champions League this season, his days at Real are just about numbered and he's hanging on by a thread right now.

"We have so many games and I'll have to call on all of them".

The Portuguese forward completed his treble after Geronimo Rulli beat away Gareth Bale's long-range effort late on - netting his seventh goal in his past six games.

Liverpool and Arsenal are among five clubs leading the chase to sign Real Madrid and Spain playmaker Isco.

Real have slipped down to 4th position, 19 points behind table-toppers Barcelona in La Liga after the 2-2 draw against Levante last week.

The Los Blancos coach told the post-game news conference that the intensity and determination of the first half performance was just what he wanted when PSG visited the Bernabeu for Wednesday's UCL last-16 first leg. Sooner or later, PSG will win the Champions League. "We knew it was going to be hard, but these are the kind of games we enjoy playing", Griezmann told beIN Sports.



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