But the 2-0 win against Moenchengladbach at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium saw the 13-time European champions qualifying for the next round as the group winners.
There is absolutely no doubt that Real Madrid will take to the field against Borussia Monchengladbach with the aim of winning according to a report in today's print edition of Italian daily newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
"But I don't know until when, it's already for a long time now in Spain in Madrid and I want to continue a bit longer".
If Madrid draw and Shakhtar win or draw with Inter Milan in the other group match, the Spanish giants will be out.
Karim Benzema scored twice against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday to end any fears that Real would fail to progress to the group stage after they had started the match with their hopes in the balance.
Real Madrid dominated the game possessing the ball for two thirds of the game and creating a total of 19 chances against only 7 accredited to their opponents.
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"I've been a player".
The good news for Zidane is that Sergio Ramos is finally available after recovering from the hamstring injury he picked up on global duty in November and the captain will go straight back into the side. We flew out the blocks from minute one.
Alassane Plea might have equalised for Gladbach when he ran through on goal moments later but clipped his effort over Courtois and wide of the post, in the Germans' only promising moment in the first half. We can not play well all the time. "Lots of people will say it's just normal for us but I don't think it's normal".
Later, Ibai Llanos, also in his own way, surrendered to Benzema, author of the two goals for Real Madrid. "I'm very happy for the players, because they are the most important members of this squad". "We know what to expect and that we will need to defend really hard and with passion".