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Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zinedine Zidane responds to rumours Ronaldo & Ramos have fallen out at Real

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All is not well at Real Madrid at the moment.

Los Blancos are currently eight points behind Barcelona in La Liga and have even shown weaknesses in their beloved Champions League recently.

Usually so dominant in Europe, Real suffered humiliation at Wembley earlier this month when they were torn apart by Tottenham, losing 3-1.

It's now looking likely that they'll finish second in Group H, meaning tougher opponents await them in the last 16.

As a result of all the above, Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos have reportedly fallen out and aren't on good terms.

Ronaldo said after the Tottenham defeat that Real aren't as strong as last season, which captain Ramos, naturally, didn't take kindly to.

"Everyone has their opinion but the comments appear to me to be a bit opportunist," said Ramos, "because when we won the Super Cup earlier in the season we had the same players as now."

Furthermore, Ronaldo is said to be frustrated about not being shown the same level of respect from his teammates in the dressing room as Ramos. It all sounds a bit petty in truth.

Ahead of this weekend's Madrid derby, Zinedine Zidane has been peppered with questions about the pair's supposed fractious relationship.

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However, according to Zidane, Ronaldo and Ramos disagree with each other sometimes but still respect each other.

"Cristiano and Ramos respect each other. If they have different opinions it's nothing. We're calm here," said the Frenchman.

"Sergio and Cristiano have won many things together [and] sometimes one thinks one thing and the other something else. That's nothing.

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"If you think that there is an issue between Cristiano and Ramos you misunderstand. One spoke and another answered. It's normal and really that simple."

Well, there you have it. Zidane could be completely covering up an underlying problem at the Bernabeu, but he insists there's nothing to worry about.

One way or another, Ronaldo and Ramos will need to have any differences settled when they travel to the Wanda Metropolitano to face Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Defeat in the Madrid derby would potentially see Real fall 11 points behind Barcelona and drop to fifth, depending on results elsewhere in La Liga.

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