Engine man: 'Ronaldo is the soul of Real Madrid' - Ceballos

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"Everyone always wants to beat the best team in the world - and at the moment we are the best".

"I am happy to have started my Champions League dream with a win, it will be hard to forget", said Ceballos, who joined from Real Betis in July for a reported fee of €18 million.

With Real stumbling to two draws in their opening three LaLiga fixtures in the absence of the suspended Ronaldo, they already sit four points adrift of league leaders and rivals Barcelona and can ill-afford another slip up.

"We were very focused on trying to win the Premier League and fighting with (eventual champions) Leicester".

My idea was always to be a success at Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice on his return as Real Madrid began its quest for a third straight Champions League title by beating Cypriot club APOEL 3-0 on Wednesday.

It was said that the Brazilian full-back could miss up to four games after referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez pointed out in his report that the ball was "well away" from the action.

While Real Madrid will miss the young playmaker's presence on the field, they are getting back worldwide superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for Wednesday night's match. "He is a key player for us, I hope he continues in the same vain".

"In Italy, France and Spain the Champions League is the most important competition, but in English culture, it is the Premier League and then the FA Cup".

Shakhtar won 2-1 against Napoli with Taison and Facundo Ferreyra on target, before the Italian side's Arkadiusz Milik grabbed a consolation from the penalty spot.

The under-21 Spain global has started the season in fine form - scoring four goals in his last six games and his side will be hoping he can return to action as soon as possible. "We know what Cristiano offers".

According to Sportsbook Review, Real Madrid are -2500 favorites in this match to open the groups stage.