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Ronaldo had a hard time earlier in the season with just four goals in his first 14 La Liga games, but the reigning Ballon D'Or holder now has seven strikes in his last four outings in the competition.

That did not stop coach Zidane naming a strong starting XI against Sociedad, backed up by Isco, Casemiro and Gareth Bale on the bench. "We can be satisfied with this, the three points, it was a good way to prepare for Wednesday's game".

The Champions League represents Real's only realistic hope of silverware this season as they are still 16 points adrift of Primera Liga leaders Barcelona following Saturday's comfortable victory, which was earned by Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick and goals from Lucas Vazquez and Toni Kroos.

Of Madrid blitzing Sociedad by racing into a 4-0 lead before the interval, Zidane added: "The first half was phenomenal, we scored fast, we pushed, we put intensity in".

Real are having a shocking season in La Liga - despite securing title and Champions League glory last term - and a major overhaul is expected in the summer. Instead, Juanmi headed against the post for the Basque side, who pulled one back on 74 minutes as substitute Jon Bautista was given space to slot past Keylor Navas.

A second-half goal from Neymar saw PSG to a 1-0 victory at the Stadium Municipal, extending their winning streak to six games in all competitions.

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The French striker fired home his eighth league goal of the campaign from inside the box after a Saul Niguez shot was deflected into his path.

Madrid are 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.

"It will be different when it comes to expectations, and the kind of game we will play".

Madrid had only won one of their last five home games in all competitions but Sociedad made for ideal opponents on Saturday, losing at the Santiago Bernabeu for the ninth time in a row.

Villarreal lost more ground in their quest for a top-four finish as they lost 2-1 at home to improving Alaves.

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