They come into the game on the back of impressive wins against Real Sociedad in the league and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
The home side were absolutely full of it, and they took the lead in the 37th minute when Junior's low effort was saved by Navas onto Nacho, who could only bundle the ball into the back of his own net from close range.
He will miss Sunday's La Liga game away at Betis, with the versatile Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic a contender to take his place in the team. "It shows that we had a proper opponent", said Zidane. "With the quality we have, and when we are all together like that, it is hard for any opponent". He could be the catalyst for a much stronger second half of the season.
Substitute Sergio Leon pulled a goal back for Betis in the 85th minute to set up a tense finish but Real substitute Karim Benzema pounced in added time for Madrid's 13th goal in three games to seal the three points, leaving Betis in ninth.
"This is football, it was a bit of a insane game, but I like that. They are playing very well at the moment". "But I'm happy in the end, and I prefer to focus on the five goals we scored rather than the three we let in".
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"We can afford to have a bit of euphoria tonight". We know we are going to suffer. And we did change. "We worked hard and scored two goals", Gameiro said. "Our second half was spectacular".
"The best way to prepare [for the return leg against PSG] is to play many games, and play well in La Liga". But for me, as always, it is about the team's work. On the wings, it will be the Spanish duo of Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio, who are likely to get the nod.
Ronaldo now has 10 goals in his last six games all competitions, following a dip in form earlier in the season.
Of course, the team line-up will also depend upon which formation the Frenchman employs and it was interesting to see him go with a 4-4-2 including a flat midfield for this game. Having come under enormous pressure due to underperforming in the La Liga and the Copa Del Rey, his position had come under scrutiny but the recent win over PSG in the Champions League showed that he is the right man for the All Whites.
But Zidane is upbeat about the Brazilian's chances of being fit.