Cristiano Ronaldo looked in formidable form as he showed off his array of skills ahead of Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final against city rivals Atletico.
The World Player of the Year pulled off a selection of back-heels and fancy flicks during Monday’s training session, wowing forward partner Karim Benzema and sending Luka Modric to the floor.
Real looked in good spirits after a successful weekend, during which they cut the gap to La Liga leaders Barcelona to just two points, and the European Champions were further boosted by the return from injury of Wales winger Gareth Bale.
Portuguese defender Pepe claimed the success in the league will give Real a boost ahead of Tuesday’s first leg, a repeat of last year’s Champions League final.
‘The two point [gap] gives us a lift,’ he told AS ahead of the game. ‘We will fight until the end, because that’s just what we did to win La Decima.
‘We must play against [Atletico Madrid] with intensity and humility, which is how we are playing now and how we did before the international break. We have to learn from our mistakes.’
The two Madrid sides have already met six times this season, with Real yet to record a victory, losing both league matches, and twice being defeated on aggregate in cup competitions.
However, Real are seven points clear of their rivals in the La Liga table, and will be confident ahead of their trip to the Vicente Calderon.