Zinedine Zidane: Karim Benzema's rewards will come despite his struggles

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"[Athletic] will come here looking to get the points, we must be ready for what they are good at - second balls, crosses, these type of plays".

Despite what has been labelled a miserable season for the Wales worldwide, mainly due to yet another injury-ridden year minimising his opportunities for the defending Spanish and European champions, the attacker has still managed to grab 13 goals and four assists from 16 starts.

Bale was then not included in the squad for Sundays 2-1 win over Malaga in La Liga but Real insisted the plan had always been to rest players for the match.

"I spoke to the pair of them the other day, they would both like to score more goals but everyone is working well".

Real Madrid will face German giants Bayern Munich while Liverpool faces AS Roma in each of their respective semi-final ties.

But United are said to be spearheading the race for the 28-year-old, with Jose Mourinho preparing to potentially lose either one of or both Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford this summer. "Benzema knows he has to score goals, as well as all the good work he does linking the play and assisting his teammates".

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"We're all on the same side and we need all the players", said Zidane, who was also addressing the out-of-form Karim Benzema.

"He does suffer a little bit when he misses chances but the solution is easy".

Alisson secured his transfer to Roma in 2016, leaving Brazilian side Internacional for just £7million, however, he spent most of his first season as a backup keeper to loanee Wojciech Szczęsny.

Vidal is set to undergo surgery on a knee problem and looks certain to miss the first leg.

"He's always been a really important Real Madrid player", Casemiro said of Isco in a post-match interview.

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