Sociedad win proves Real Madrid are ready for PSG - Zinedine Zidane

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Los Blancos have won the continental competition 12 times in their history and the Portuguese has played his part in the last three.

This term, it is in La Liga where the Portuguese has not been himself, netting only four times in the first 18 games.

Ronaldo's achieved his first hat trick of the season in the 80th, off a spilled save by goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.

"He's extra motivated this season", coach Zinedine Zidane said of Ronaldo in Friday's pre-match press conference.

"He is someone who always wants the ball, ready to do the show and do things well".

"I haven't heard any official representative of Real saying anything about Neymar but they should think about what they have and this year it is hard for Madrid", Ronaldo said. "He is an outstanding footballer". He further added "Consistency has been our problem this season, but over the course of a season bad things can happen".

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Madrid take on Real Sociedad on February 10 before hosting French giants PSG in the Champions League on February 14. Although it may prove to be his last tournament in charge of Die Mannschaft.

The LaLiga holders move above Valencia into third following their win, but they are 16 points behind leaders and rivals Barcelona, leaving the Champions League as their main focus. They have also been knocked out of the Copa del Rey and they face the daunting task of Paris-Saint Germain in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Hazard was key as the Blues cantered to Premier League glory last term in Antonio Conte's first season in charge and though Chelsea's title defence has fallen away this time around, the Belgium worldwide has been in imperious form.

Zidane named a strong side against 14th-placed Real Sociedad, with only Gareth Bale and Casemiro rested from their last match, and he was rewarded with a good performance and result - a couple of defensive blips aside.

Marcelo was involved again as Madrid extended their lead in the 27th minute, raiding down the left from Marco Asensio's pass and providing a low cross for Ronaldo to slam home.

While Real's attack has clearly been disjointed, the travails of Cristiano Ronaldo et al up front have covered up the limitations of a flimsy back-line.